Pelosi: ‘The House will once again defend our democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, announced on Thursday that the House will sue Trump administration officials to prevent them from securing the southern border with money from military reserve budgets.
“The president’s sham emergency declaration and unlawful transfers of funds have undermined our democracy, contravening the vote of the bipartisan Congress, the will of the American people and the letter of the Constitution,” Pelosi said, according to the New York Daily News. “The House will once again defend our democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts. No one is above the law or the Constitution, not even the President.”
The lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, targets members of the Trump administration for their role in the national emergency declaration that will provide money to build a border wall.
The House sued Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Politico reported.
“The House has been injured, and will continue to be injured, by defendants’ unconstitutional actions, which usurp the House’s appropriations authority and mean that the relevant funds are no longer available to be spent on the purposes for which they were appropriated,” the complaint states.
Pelosi and the House Democrats are arguing in the lawsuit that the national emergency declaration violates the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the sole authority to tell the president how to spend money.
The lawsuit became necessary after the House and Senate failed to pass veto-proof legislation to stop the national emergency declaration.
States have entered into legal battles as well.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed for a preliminary injunction to block construction of the southern border wall until courts can decide on the legality of the Feb. 15 emergency declaration.