Opinion| Democratic New York freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Texas Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro to introduce a bill that would stop President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, according to the Hill.
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It It was confirmed by a Democratic aide that Castro contacted the Democratic New York Representative to share the plan with her and to recruit others to join them in fighting President Trump.
“We’ve got people flooding in to support this,” the aide stated.
The Hill reports:
The timing of introduction remains up in the air. The House adjourned Friday morning and is out next week for the President’s Day recess. But the chamber will be conducting pro-forma sessions next week that would allow for the introduction of bills.
Ocasio-Cortez annouced the plan on Twitter, saying, “.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
In a Thursday statement, Castro said that he was ready to introduce a resolution that would end the President’s authority to declare national emergencies.
“If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622,” Castro stated.
“President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rather than any substantive emergency,” he continued.
The Hill reports:
Trump declared the national emergency on Friday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday said Trump would make the declaration as lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan funding bill.
The president’s national emergency declaration has faced pushback from a number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and will likely face numerous legal challenges.