The House has voted to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, a measure intended get him billions of extra dollars to build his border wall.
Democrats pushed the measure through the chamber by 245-182, with 13 Republicans joining them including South Dakota Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson.
“An emergency declaration is the wrong approach, however. I spent eight years under President Obama fighting ever-expanding executive authority. I remain committed to that principle,” Johnson said in a statement to KELOLAND News.
A full statement is at the bottom of this article.
Passage by the GOP-led Senate seems possible next month. At least four Republican senators may back the Democrats’ resolution.
Trump has formally issued his veto threat. Congress seems unlikely to amass the two-thirds majorities needed to override the veto, which would be his first. The battle makes GOP lawmakers choose between backing Trump and defending Congress’ control over spending.
Trump says there’s a border crisis and he needs more than the $1.4 billion Congress provided for barrier construction. Democrats say there’s no crisis and Trump is trying to work around Congress.
Full statement from Rep. Dusty Johnson:
“Throughout the last two months, I’ve reliably voted with the President on border security and the border wall. There is still work to be done, and I’m committed to working with him in Congress to continue the progress we’ve made.
An emergency declaration is the wrong approach, however. I spent eight years under President Obama fighting ever-expanding executive authority. I remain committed to that principle.
Separation of powers is a central American value, brilliantly established by our Founders. It makes governing messy and frustrating, but concentrations of power threaten liberty. This is true, regardless of which party holds the White House.
In the future we may have a president who supports a Green New Deal or radical attempts to roll back the rights of gun owners. If that’s the case, we’ll need the checks and balances inherent in our system to be alive and well.”