Pelosi is about to embarrass the GOP on Trump’s fake emergency
Americans will soon find out just how loyal Republican lawmakers are to Trump.
That’s because House Democrats plan to file a resolution on Friday to block Trump’s asinine national emergency declaration, which he’s using to go over Congress’ head so he can raid already appropriated federal dollars to use for his dumb border wall no one wants.
The resolution will put House Republicans on record about whether they support Trump’s blatant disregard of the Constitution’s separation of power.
But it also pigeon holes Mitch McConnell and his caucus of Senate Republicans, who will be required to take up the resolution. Typically, McConnell could ignore legislation passed by the House. But this specific type of resolution will require the Senate’s vote.
That means so-called “constitutional conservatives” in both the House and Senate will have to put up or shut up, and show whether they actually believe their convictions or are simply beholden to Trump.
“The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote in a “dear colleague” letter on Wednesday encouraging members of Congress to cosponsor the resolution.
“We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault,” she said.
Some Senate Republicans have already said they plan to vote to block Trump’s emergency declaration, including Susan Collins (R-ME).
Other Republicans have expressed concern with the emergency declaration, but haven’t yet announced whether they’d back the House-led resolution to block it.
But as we’ve seen before, Republicans love to express their “concern” with Trump nominees and policies, but they wind up backing downand voting for them anyway.
We’ll soon see if this time is any different.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.