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US lawmakers are starkly divided over president Donald trump's use of emergency powers in an effort to seize money to build a wall along the border with Mexico I do think that we should not set the terrible precedent of leading a president declare a national emergency simply as a way of getting around the congressional appropriation process when it comes to drop %HESITATION the Congress's lot down and will not give him what we've given past presidents so unfortunately he's got to do it on his own and I support his decision to go that route the U. S. constitution gives Congress the power of the purse but a funding bill that passed last week did not include five point seven billion dollars trump wanted to build a border wall and on Friday he decided to try to use an executive order allocating other Pentagon funds for the project we have a chance of getting close to a billion dollars the declaration was a clear bid to circumvent Congress's authority over the budget Democrats universally condemned the move not all Republicans are lining up behind trump representative will herds district spans a stretch of the U. S. Mexico border our government was designed for the the most ultimate power the power of the purse to reside within Congress and we shouldn't have an executive I don't care if it's Republican or Democrat that tries to get around Congress Democrats in Congress have vowed to challenge the emergency declaration but they may not have the votes to override it