Michigan reps back measure to kill Trump's emergency border order

February 26, 2019
In The News

Washington — U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday approved a resolution endingPresident Donald Trump's proclamation of a national emergency to divert billions of dollars in military funds to construct a Southern border wall.

All seven Michigan House Democrats and Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township co-sponsored the two-sentence measure by U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, which would next head to the Republican-controlled Senate for consideration. 

The vote was 245-182, with 13 Republicans voting yes. In addition to Amash, Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph voted in favor of the resolution, while the delegation's five other Republicans opposed it.

Trump pledged Friday to "100 percent" veto the House-initiated resolution if it passes both chambers, and it seemed unlikely Tuesday that lawmakers would have enough votes to override a veto.  

Freshman Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, said Trump's order is an attempt to "subvert" Congress. 

"Beyond the fake emergency’s unconstitutional nature, it is disgraceful that the president would divert money away from military construction projects that are vital to the advancement of national security to fund a vanity wall for an extra applause line during his campaign rallies," Levin said.