Democrats are trying to block Trump from using disaster powers to build his wall at the border.
More from the Hill:
A group of Senate Democrats, including several 2020 contenders, have introduced legislation that would prevent President Trump from using disaster relief funds to finance a wall along the southern border.
The “Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act” would block Trump from taking funds allocated to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Army Corps of Engineers for disaster relief and using that money to construct physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
he Democrats backing the bill include several senators who have already entered the presidential race — Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — as well as Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is reportedly on the verge of making his announcement.
Harris said in a statement announcing the legislation that Trump “cannot go around Congress to fund his ridiculous vanity project.”
“I’m proud to introduce this bill today to ensure that funds intended for victims of natural disasters do not go towards a wall that Congress won’t fund and people on the border don’t even want,” she added. “This bill will stand up for Congress’ power of the purse and help California families affected by recent natural disasters begin the process of recovery.”
There’s a few Republicans who have voiced opposition to Trump’s action, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll vote against it. Even if they do, and it passes Congress, Trump can easily veto the bill. THEN, in order to overturn his veto, Democrats will need way more Republican votes than they probably have. And that means that Trump will probably prevail, at least from legislative challenge. Next up, the judicial challenge….