A group of Senate Democrats, including several 2020 contenders, have introduced laws that would prevent President Trump from using disaster relief funds to finance a wall along the southern border.
The “Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act” would block Trump from taking funds allocated to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Army Corps of Engineers for disaster relief and using that money to construct physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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The Democrats backing the bill include several senators who have already entered the presidential race — Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — as well as Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is reportedly on the verge of making his announcement.
Harris said in a statement announcing the laws that Trump “cannot go around Congress to fund his ridiculous vanity project.”
“I’m proud to introduce this bill today to ensure that funds intended for victims of natural disasters do not go towards a wall that Congress won’t fund and people on the border don’t even want,” she added. “This bill will stand up for Congress’ power of the purse and help California families affected by recent natural disasters begin the process of recovery.”
Dems in the Senate, including Elizabeth Warren, introduce Senate companion to @NydiaVelazquez bill to prevent disaster relief from being designated towards the border wall under executive order. pic.twitter.com/FZ2gVWTOUG
— Colin Wilhelm (@colinwilhelm) February 14, 2019
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