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House to file case against Trump’s national emergency

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb. 14, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a bipartisan bill on spending and border security to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his long-promised border wall, the White House said Thursday. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, said her party is
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will join a growing list of organisations mounting legal challenges to US President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on the border with Mexico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb. 14, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a bipartisan bill on spending and border security to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his long-promised border wall, the White House said Thursday. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, said her party is "reviewing our options" in responding to the anticipated emergency declaration. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The lawsuit was approved with a 3-2 vote along party lines by the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.

The group comprises top three House Democrats and the top two House Republicans

“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 in a statement.

“Congress must reassert its exclusive responsibilities reserved by the text of the Constitution and protect our system of checks and balances.”

The lawsuit, which has not been filed yet, will argue that Trump’s decision to transfer funds from appropriated accounts to a southern border wall violates the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution.

The clause gives Congress power over the designation of federal spending.

This is the chamber’s second attempt to halt the use of federal dollars on the wall following the declaration in February that came after a 35-day government shutdown over border security that ended with the allocation of $1.375 billion for a wall.

The move allows Trump to redirect more than an additional $6 billion for the project in order to address what he called a “national security crisis” at the southern border.

Following Trump’s declaration, the House and Senate passed resolutions to overturn the national emergency, arguing that the President had unconstitutionally bypassed Congress.

The measure failed when the House did not have sufficient votes to override the President’s veto, last month.

The administration is also facing seven other legal challenges to the declaration from states, environmental groups and non-profit organisations.