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Congressman Dan Kildee Introduces Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

February 22, 2019
Press Release

House will Act Swiftly to Pass Privileged Resolution to End Unlawful Emergency Declaration

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today co-sponsored a privileged resolution to terminate President Donald Trump’s recent emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The privileged resolution, introduced by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and other Members of Congress, will be considered in the coming weeks under the National Emergencies Act. Congressman Kildee has called President Trump’s emergency declaration “unlawful” and said that Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, will act to uphold the Constitution to defend a system of checks and balances.

“As a Member of Congress, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. After Mexico refused to pay for it and Congress wouldn't fund it, the President has created a fake national emergency to try and spend American tax dollars on his border wall. The President’s emergency declaration is unlawful and undermines the separation of powers in our Constitution, which gives Congress the clear power of the purse. Congress will act swiftly on this privileged resolution to stop the President’s violation of our Constitution,” said Congressman Kildee.

After failing to receive any funding from Mexico or Congress for his border wall, President Trump declared a national emergency on February 17, 2019, saying that he “didn’t need to do this.” Republicans and Democrats have previously attested that there is not a crisis, as the President claims, at the southern border.

The National Emergencies Act includes a process by which Congress can terminate a national emergency through expedited legislative procedures by enacting a privileged resolution.