House Dems Challenge Judge's Decision To Side With Trump On Border Wall Funding

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Posted: Jun 10, 2019 6:56 PM
House Dems Challenge Judge's Decision To Side With Trump On Border Wall Funding

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

Earlier this month, the Democrats in the House of Representatives sued to block President Donald Trump's funding for the border wall, which he decided to pull from the military budget following a national emergency declaration. In the lawsuit, Congress argues moving funds around violates the Appropriations Clause, which gives Congress the power of the purse. The judge in that case, Judge Trevor McFadden, refused to block the funding. He said Congress didn't have the standing to challenge the decision in court. Judge McFadden said it was in the Court's interest to not get involved in a fight between the Trump administration and Congress. 

Congress on Monday decided to challenge the decision by appealing the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Trump administration has also appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, The Hill reported.

"The House respectfully disagrees with the Court’s standing decision, but the parties are in agreement that there is no need for any further proceedings or briefing in this case and the Court should immediately dismiss the amended complaint for lack of jurisdiction and enter final judgment so that the House may promptly appeal that order," the court document reads.

This is the latest in the saga to obtain funding for the border wall. President Trump attempted to negotiate with Congress to obtain the funding during budget talks. When no resolution was reached he decided to partially shut the government down. The 35-day partial shutdown ended up being the longest government shutdown in United States' history.

Here's the appeal: