House Sues Trump Over Border Wall Spending

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The Democratic-led House of Representatives has sued the Trump administration  over the president’s plan to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the National Law Journal reports. President Trump declared a national emergency to secure billions of dollars in funding for the wall, a move that Democratic lawmakers, and some Republicans, decried as usurping the House’s spending powers. The complaint filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., says the Trump administration sought $5 billion from Congress to deliver on the president’s campaign promise to build a border wall. When he didn’t get his way, the administration said it would spend federal dollars on wall construction anyway.

“In doing so, the Administration flouted fundamental separation-of-powers principles and usurped for itself legislative power specifically vested by the Constitution in Congress,” the lawsuit says. “Even the monarchs of England long ago lost the power to raise and spend money without the approval of Parliament.” Trump’s emergency declaration is facing other legal challenges, including one from a coalition of state attorneys general. The group of states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, claims the administration is unlawfully diverting funds that would have been dedicated to law enforcement, drug interdiction, and military construction projects.

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