A federal judge in D.C. has rejected an effort by House Democrats to block President Trump’s use of emergency powers to reprogram military funds for his border wall.
Judge Trevor McFadden
Context: Per the judge’s opinion, the House was attempting to block the administration “from spending certain funds to build a wall along our southern border. The House argues that this expenditure would violate the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution 2 and usurp Congress’s authority. This harm, the House suggests, constitutes an ‘institutional injury’ supporting Article III standing.”
- The administration, meanwhile, argued that the court cannot intervene “because the Constitution grants the House no standing to litigate these claims.”
- The judge sided with the administration, adding: “To be clear, the Court does not imply that Congress may never sue the Executive to protect its powers.” But he argues that House Democrats do not, in this case, overcome the constitutional burden to establish they have standing in this lawsuit.
Why it matters: It’s a much needed legal victory for the Trump administration, which has lost two consecutive court battles with Democrats related to subpoenas for the president’s financial records.
*story by AXIOS on SmartNews