In a 5-4 ruling on Friday — an even split between the conservative and liberal wings — the justices ruled that President Trump could use “$2.5 billion in military funding to build the border wall along the U.S. southern border,” according to The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra.
Needless to say many Dem lawmakers vented frustration at the Supreme Court Ruling.
Nancy Pelosi was among the most outspoken:
“Our Founders created a democracy, not a monarchy,” Pelosi’s statement began. “The Constitution forbids the President from spending funds that were not appropriated by the Congress.”
“For months, the President has sought to undermine our military readiness and steal from our men and women in uniform to waste billions on a wasteful, ineffective wall that Congress on a bipartisan basis has repeatedly refused to fund,” Pelosi’s statement continued. “The Supreme Court’s decision tonight to allow President Trump to defy the bipartisan will of the Congress and proceed with contracts to spend billions of dollars on his wall undermines the Constitution and the law.”
Pelosi vowed to “continue to fight to uphold our Constitution and protect our democracy as the case continues on appeal.”
According to The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ruling could have a negative impact on border communities.
“Issuance of a stay that would permit Defendants to immediately spend this money is not consistent with Congress’ power over the purse or with the tacit assessment by Congress that the spending would not be in the public interest,” ACLU lawyers told the court.
Trump celebrated victory. “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!” he tweeted.
Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019