Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee are not happy Trump is taking money earmarked for their state to build the southern border wall.
So, in a disloyal and cynical ploy, they have co-sponsored a bill that will stop Trump from diverting federal funds to border wall construction going forward.
Basically, they are saying the Democrats will come around and play ball. Which will never happen.
Their bill is called the Article One Act and it will severely restrict the ability of POTUS when it comes to national emergencies.
Look, Congress gave away its power and good luck getting it back – believe me, the Dems use the power when they win the presidency so they will not give it up without a fight.
That said, Romney should show grace and class and courage and come and say that Trump taking money from a red state shows the bipartisan nature of the fight and that we all have to make sacrifices to protect our border.
What could have been a leadership moment for Mitt turned into just another cynical media moment. Sad.
Utah GOP Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney said the Air Force told them Wednesday that money appropriated by Congress for the Hill projects would instead be spent on the wall as a result of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration in February. Both senators had urged the Defense Department to protect funding for the Utah projects.
“Congress has been ceding far too much power to the executive branch for decades and it is far past time for Congress to restore the proper balance of power between the three branches,” Lee said in a statement.
Pentagon officials on Tuesday said the Defense Department would redirect $3.6 billion from 127 existing military construction projects to build about 175 miles of wall on the southern border.
Lee said his proposed Article One Act would correct the imbalances caused by the National Emergencies Act.
The bill, co-sponsored by Romney, would automatically end all future emergency declarations made under the National Emergencies Act after 30 days unless Congress votes to extend them. Congress now can cancel an emergency declaration only by passing a resolution that withstands a presidential veto.
Romney said he is “disappointed” that despite the concerns he and Lee raised, the projects will be “delayed.”
“Funding the border wall is an important priority, and the executive branch should use the appropriate channels in Congress, rather than divert already appropriated funding away from military construction projects and therefore undermining military readiness,” he said in a statement.