by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged all members of Congress on Wednesday night in a “Dear Colleague” letter to stop President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration related to the southern border by co-sponsoring a privileged resolution of Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro.
According to Pelosi, the resolution would terminate the emergency declaration using a mechanism within the National Emergencies Act (NEA), which will be introduced Friday.
Trump declared a national emergency Feb. 15 after Congress allocated $1.375 billion for a wall along the southern border. The declaration gives the president access to $8 billion dollars for the wall. Sixteen states have already filed lawsuits to stop the president from using funding from other projects within the Department of Defense for the construction of the wall. …
… Pelosi wrote in her letter that the House plans to move immediately to pass this bill and report it out of committee within 15 calendar days and consider it on the floor within three calendar days, as per the NEA. Following the passage in the House, Pelosi noted, “the resolution will be referred to the Senate and then sent to the President’s desk.”
Though Pelosi can find enough votes in the House to pass this bill, the resolution is likely to have a tougher time making its way through the Republican-held Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no indication he would bring such a resolution to the floor of the upper chamber.