NOT an Emergency

Feb 19, 2019
Pelosi Update

An Unlawful Declaration

The President’s unlawful national emergency declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation.  This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.

The President's actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution.  The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available. 

This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the Founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive.  The President’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our Founders’ vision.

On Thursday evening, Congresswoman Pelosi joined House Democrats to sign the Conference Committee bill to prevent another government shutdown, sending the legislation to the President’s desk.

We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.  Just as both parties honored our oath to protect the American people by passing the Conference Committee bill last night, the Congress on a bipartisan basis must honor the Constitution by defending our system of checks and balances.

The President is not above the law.  The Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution.

Honoring the Victims of Parkland

One year ago, America’s heart was broken by the horrific act of brutality and violence in Parkland, Florida that stole 17 precious lives.  The unspeakable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tore apart a community, shattered lives and remains seared into the consciousness of our nation. Tragically, gun violence remains an epidemic in our country, stealing the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans last year, including 47 children and teenagers every single day. 

Inspired by the fearlessness of these young Americans, our House Majority is taking long-overdue action to end the daily horror of gun violence.  Last month, Democrats introduced H.R. 8: bipartisan, commonsense universal background checks legislation that represents the will of the American people.  Earlier this week, we advanced this vital legislation through the Judiciary Committee.  We will bring this bill to the Floor and pass H.R. 8 in honor of the victims and families of Parkland and every community devastated by gun violence.  We will move forward with strength and purpose until all our children and our communities are finally safe.

 

A constituent reached out to my office to receive assistance with expediting the US citizenship application of his spouse, who is diagnosed with stage IV cancer. After submitting an expedited request and letter of support, my office was able to help the constituent secure an early appointment within one week to become a citizen.

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Sincerely,
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Member of Congress