AOC and Joaquín Castro Team Up to Stop Trump’s Emergency Declaration
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Joaquín Castro (D-TX) will team up to introduce a bill to block Donald Trump’s “national emergency” declaration. Castro reached out to Ocasio-Cortez to get her on board and issued a statement late last week saying he was prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622 -- the National Emergencies Act (NEA), which includes a process by which Congress can terminate a national emergency through expedited legislative procedures by enacting a joint resolution. "President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rather than any substantive emergency," Castro said. "Border crossings are lower than they have been in four decades. There are more law enforcement officers at the border—some stationed there simply to make good on politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric—than ever before. Further, such a baseless declaration by President Trump would set a dangerous precedent regarding the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches." Under the NEA, a joint resolution to terminate a declared national emergency must be reported out of the committee of jurisdiction within 15 calendar days and considered on the floor of the House within three calendar days. The Senate then has an identical expedited process and timeline -- which means the Senate would have to take a vote on the resolution. Trump has already threatened to veto this measure. We’ll keep you posted. More here.