Conservative Rep. Joins Dems to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration

  • 02.23.2019
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Conservative Rep. Joins Dems to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a stalwart libertarian and gadfly to establishment Republicans, is co-sponsoring a Democratic resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration.

Despite fierce opposition, Amash remains defiant – accusing his Republican colleagues of "cry[ing] out for a king" to circumvent Congress.

Per The Hill:
 

The libertarian-leaning congressman urged members of his own party on Twitter to be "faithful" to the Constitution and reject Trump's plan to "usurp legislative powers" with a declaration aimed at reallocating funding for construction of a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The same congressional Republicans who joined me in blasting Pres. Obama’s executive overreach now cry out for a king to usurp legislative powers. If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it," Amash tweeted.

 

Amash is a frequent critic of the president, and in a previous tweet last week following Trump's announcement accused the president of trying to "circumvent" Congress with his emergency declaration over illegal border crossings.

"A national emergency declaration for a non-emergency is void. A prerequisite for declaring an emergency is that the situation requires immediate action and Congress does not have an opportunity to act. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is attempting to circumvent our constitutional system," Amash wrote then.


Democrats have scheduled their vote against Trump's national emergency declaration for Tuesday.

The measure is certain to pass the Democratic-controlled House and, with some Republican senators expressing reservations about the president's tactics, possibly the Senate.
 
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