The top Democrat of the Senate intends to force a vote to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military building projects such as new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S .- Mexico border.
That’s according to prepared remarks on Tuesday by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said the vote would give lawmakers a chance to block Trump “from stealing military funding from their states to foot the bill for an expensive and ineffective wall he promised Mexico would pay for,” according to the Associated Press.
A similar measure was passed with 12 Senate Republican votes this spring, but President Trump vetoed it. The rules allow Schumer to retry every few months and do not allow Republicans to block the vote.
The Trump administration has a plan to divert $3.6 billion from military fund construction projects to build the Mexican border wall, with Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of the funding on Sept. 3.
According to a report from Politico, “Defense Secretary Mark Esper called Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to detail the cash grab, explaining that about half of the funding will come from military construction projects outside the United States and half will come from projects within the country.”
“This rises to a large and vital constitutional issue: Does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly important when we have such an overreaching president?” Schumer stated.
Democrats will again force a vote to terminate @realDonaldTrump’s national emergency declaration.
This is a chance to prevent him from stealing military funding from our states for an expensive, ineffective wall he promised Mexico would pay for.https://t.co/7QeLkLn0Vh
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 10, 2019
Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney on Sept. 4 also co-sponsored legislation that could stop President Trump from transferring federal funds to the border wall construction in the future.
President Trump keeps commitment to complete a border wall that would stop immigrants from entering the United States illegally.
The president shared the status of border wall construction on Aug 29, saying, “The Wall is going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Video: A Message from President Trump on the Border Wall