Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin voted in favor Thursday of a resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration, which he called “unlawful.”
Cardin claims the President is using the declaration as a pretense to raid funding for projects supporting the military and military families to pay for the construction of the border wall, including over $66 million in funds for projects in Maryland.
“I voted to end President Trump’s emergency declaration for the southern border and override his veto,” Senator Cardin said. “A bipartisan majority in both the House and Senate have rejected this wasteful expenditure of resources, which diverts funding that supports our service members and families.”
Cardin claimed the president’s actions jeopardized the construction of a desperately needed new child development center at Joint Base Andrews, among other projects.
“The president’s actions are an affront to the Constitution and separation of powers, our checks and balances, and congressional power of the purse to set appropriations levels,” Cardin said. “Congress needs to overturn this unlawful presidential declaration. Instead of trying to raid funds that have been designated for critical military construction and environmental projects, the president should work with Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”