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Pelosi, Schumer Rip Trump Emergency Declaration

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Donald Trump continue to battle over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Donald Trump continue to battle over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. |  Photo: MGN/WDIO

Created: February 15, 2019 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' two top Democrats say they'll use "every remedy available" to oppose President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
    
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday they'll take action "in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public."
    
They say Trump's decision to declare an emergency is unlawful. They say it would "shred the Constitution" by usurping Congress' power to control spending.
    
White House officials say some of the money would come from military construction projects. Pelosi and Schumer say Trump would be using money needed "for the security of our military and our nation."
    
Democrats can file lawsuits and force congressional votes to block Trump's money transfers. Trump could veto the legislation should it pass.
    
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also opposing a national emergency declaration by President Trump.
    
The business organization's stance is not a total surprise. It's opposed Trump administration efforts to restrict legal immigration and to make it harder for young "Dreamer" immigrants to stay in the U.S.
    
Still, the chamber usually leans Republican. Its opposition Friday is the latest example of how word of an emergency declaration is splitting the GOP and its constituencies.
    
Trump plans to sign bipartisan legislation providing nearly $1.4 billion to build border barriers, but that fell short of the $5.7 billion he wanted.
    
Trump has invoked executive powers to access another $6.6 billion. He signed a national emergency on Friday. 

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