It’s about time.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Lawmakers are calling out the Trump administration over its latest plan to shift billions of dollars meant for the Pentagon’s budget to instead pay for border wall construction.
The top Democrat and Republican on the House Armed Services Committee are among the numerous lawmakers that last week pushed back on President Trump’s move to divert $3.8 billion from various weapons programs into its counter-drug fund to be used to build his signature project.
“The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action. I will be working with my colleagues to determine the appropriate steps to take,” committee ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said in a statement in response to the funding move.
Though he did not mention Trump by name, Thornberry said such a reprogram attempt “undermines the principle of civilian control of the military and is in violation of the separation of powers within the Constitution.”
He added that funding for wall construction “must come through the Department of Homeland Security rather than diverting critical military resources that are needed and in law.”
I guess there are still a few Republicans who are not afraid to push back against Trump’s power grab and remind him that there are three coequal branches of government.
Let’s see how long their reserve lasts in the face of the Trump Twitter tirade that is sure to come their way.