Sen. Brown calls national emergency declaration unconstitutional

Published: Feb. 17, 2019 at 7:31 PM EST
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) says President Trump is violating the Constitution after the president declared a national emergency to obtain money to build a wall at the country’s southern border.

On CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Brown said, "This is the first kind of emergency we’ve seen like this that a president has done this. He couldn’t get the Mexicans to build the wall, couldn't get Congress to vote the money in. This is the, in fact, the first emergency declaration like this in -- with that kind of construct where he got turned down by Congress and then went ahead and did it. That’s why you see so many Republicans saying don’t do this. Republicans are afraid he’s going to take the money from somewhere else in something they care about but fundamentally, they think it’s a president who failed who hates to lose who is acting childish and is -- is violating the Constitution. Republican after Republican is telling us that privately we will have a vote on this likely in the next two or three weeks to see if those Republicans show the backbone that they generally haven’t shown standing up to this president in the past. But this is more serious because it’s a Constitutional question. So I take them at their word that they’ll stand up to him."

After the president made the declaration on Friday, Sen. Brown tweeted, “Instead of building a wall, we should be passing a bill to provide back pay for the contract workers the President hurt with his shutdown.”

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