On Tuesday, February 26th, the House passed a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 46) which is the first step in terminating Trump’s national emergency order. The Senate is expected to introduce similar legislation soon.
On Friday February the 15th, Donald Trump brazenly declared a state of emergency on the US southern border and subsequently redirected over $6.6B to construct 234 miles of barriers. The diversion of funds comes from money appropriated by Congress for the military: $3.6B from a military construction fund, $2.5B from a Pentagon drug prevention program, and $600M from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund.
Appropriation of funds by the US House of Representatives is one of the most important roles performed of the chamber. By declaring a national emergency, Trump is abusing his power as the President to bypass Congress to fund his pet project. After the longest government shutdown in US history and weeks of negotiation, Congress struck a bipartisan deal on February 11th that included $1.375B for Trump’s wall, a far cry from the $5.7B he demanded. Backed into a corner, Trump has declared the emergency to appease his base, ignoring the dubious constitutional standing or the harm diverting funds might incur.
It is now time for Congress to act regardless of party affiliation. This power grab by Trump is inexcusable and must be met with sharp resistance and repercussion.
TWO CALLS TO MAKE: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I’m calling today to support a resolution to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. I expect the senator to support this resolution once introduced and put an end to the poisonous abuse of power by the Trump administration.
Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.