Joaquín Castro Will Officially Intro Resolution to Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration on Friday
Get ready to start the clock: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) will officially introduce a resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration on Friday. As of this morning, Castro has the backing of 92 fellow lawmakers. The resolution will come 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. It will reportedly be assigned to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and under the NEA, it must be reported out of that Committee 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. Adding emphasis to Castro’s resolution was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who on Wednesday sent a "Dear Colleague" letter asking members to co-sponsor the privileged resolution "to terminate this emergency declaration." She also vowed to move it through the process quickly. Trump has already threatened to veto this measure. It would then require a two-thirds vote passage in both chambers to override the veto. More here.