Letter: Clear language
Take a stand for the Constitution: Oppose Trump’s emergency declaration.
Whether you support President Trump’s proposals on border security or not, we have been confronted with a challenge to the very meaning of our founding document under which our republic has operated for 230 years.
Congress alone decides on where and how much money is to be spent by the executive branch through the appropriations process as declared in Article 1, Section 9: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” Also relevant is Article 1, Section 8: “The Congress shall have power … to exercise exclusive Legislation … for the erection of Forts … and other needful buildings.” I think border structures come under this jurisdiction.
And with Trump’s announcement he made clear that the situation for which he declared an emergency is not a true emergency: “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”
The Constitution should be interpreted as it is written when its language clearly speaks to today’s issues.