A total of nineteen states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration, arguing that President Trump violated powers of Congress by diverting funding from the military for the border wall.
President Trump has made a series of decisions on the wall that has led to backlash from Democrat representatives in the past, including a cut for money towards fighter jets and shipbuilding, along with an additional cut for National Guard and Reserve equipment.
The latest lawsuit from the nineteen states is in response to President Trump’s latest move diverting $3.8 billion from the Pentagon, which they claim will endanger citizens and “cause damage to their economies, harming their proprietary interests.”
Here is more from Politico:
“This year’s victim of his taxpayer money grab is the National Guard, which would lose critical funds to secure essential equipment for our troops,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Congress has repeatedly and explicitly rejected taxpayer funding for a wasteful Trump wall along the border. We’re going to court — once again — to remind Donald Trump that even the President is not above the law.”
The states involved in the lawsuit are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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