Menendez on Senate Passage of Resolution of Disapproving President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Menendez on Senate Passage of Resolution of Disapproving President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

'To be sure, if a Democratic President acted in this way, Republicans would be calling him a dictator.'

  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement after the Senate passage of H.J. Res. 46, Joint Resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019:

“Today’s bipartisan vote is an unambiguous rebuke of President Trump’s irrational national emergency declaration, shameful waste of taxpayer money, and reckless assault on the democratic process and separation of powers.  

“Congress has made clear that we will not force the American people to shell out billions for a wall Mexico was supposed to pay for and that, at the end of the day, will do nothing to address the real challenges we face at our southern border. If the Administration were serious about border security, they would address the dangerous conditions in Central America that are forcing families to flee for their lives instead of raiding already appropriated funds to make New Jersey more resilient to flooding or risking our national security and readiness of New Jersey’s military installations by taking money away from construction projects.

“If the President vetoes our resolution –as he has promised to do– it will be the latest blow to the rule of law and the power of Congress as a co-equal branch of government.  

“To be sure, if a Democratic president acted in this way, Republicans would be calling him or her a dictator.

“Spending money and declaring war are at the foundation of powers assigned to Congress, not the Executive Branch. My Republican colleagues who broke ranks and joined us last evening to end U.S. support for the vicious Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, and the 12 Republicans who stood with us today on this resolution recognize this is not about parties, it’s about separation of powers and upholding the Constitution we all swear to protect.  

“And, it is about doing what we know is right. I truly hope more Republicans come to the realization the American people did not send us to Washington to serve the whims of any one president, but to defend our democratic values and the Constitution of the United States.

“We must rise above partisan politics and stand united in rejecting Trump’s power grab and the dangerous precedent it sets not just for this President but all future presidents.” 

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