One House Republican joined Democrats to stop Trump’s border wall national emergency

Roll Call | 2/21/2019 | Niels Lesniewski
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About an hour before an announced deadline for original co-sponsors on a Democratic-led effort to disapprove of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over border security, one Republican had signed on.

At the same time, the measure had already gathered support from 216 members, almost all of them members of the House Democratic caucus.

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That’s according to the office of Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who is chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is spearheading the joint resolution. It wasn’t immediately clear which GOP lawmaker had signed on early.

Castro announced his intention Feb. 14, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night called on House members to back his effort. In a Dear Colleague letter, the California Democrat said the measure would move “swiftly” through the chamber, following the legal framework for expedited consideration under the National Emergencies Act.

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The Pelosi letter specified a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline for the initial round of co-sponsorships before Castro files the legislation on Friday, when the House is scheduled to meet in a pro-forma session.

The law provides a path for Congress to weigh in to reject a presidential emergency declaration, but the joint resolution would need either a presidential signature or a two-thirds vote in each chamber to eventually override a Trump veto.

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“All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,” Pelosi wrote. “We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.”

The text of Castro’s resolution appears to be “clean,” meaning it should get expedited consideration in the Senate as well, where it would have...
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