Democrat Minority Leader Senator Schumer threatens that he will sue the President. The very idea that the President might use some budgetary loophole to fund the border wall has him thinking that litigation is his only option? Does President Trump actually have a loophole that Congress has provided for him? How does that work and what are the chances of the Senator stopping the President?
How much authority does the President have to shift budget funding around? Probably not all that much. What power does the President have as Commander in Chief to build a wall for defense? That is another question, entirely? Is there a way he could pull this off?
As Written and Reported By Neil Munro for Breitbart:
Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer says any effort by President Donald Trump to use military funding to build his border wall be blocked by lawsuits, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported that Trump is pushing military officials to shift a very small portion of their $700 billion 2018 budget to build up border defenses, and quoted Schumer saying:
This would be a blatant misuse of military funds and tied up in court for years. [Defense] Secretary Mattis ought not bother and instead use the money to help our troops, rather than advance the president’s political fantasies.
Schumer’s threat came after he worked with GOP leaders to allocate only $641 million for the construction of new border fences in the 2018 omnibus bill. The bill also includes language which bars Trump from spending money on the concrete-and-metal prototype walls which he touted in early March. According to the Post:
Trump, who told advisers he was spurned in a large spending bill last week when lawmakers only appropriated $1.6 billion for the border wall, has begun suggesting the Pentagon could fund the……
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