Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will file a lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border, dramatically escalating a clash over wall funding.
“The House will once again defend our Democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. The House will take the rare legal step against the White House after unsuccessfully attempting to block the effort via legislation.
House Democrats overwhelmingly voted to halt Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress to obtain funding to build his border wall — along with dozens of Republicans in both chambers — but Trump vetoed the measure. The House’s attempt to override the veto failed last month.