Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Sent By:
Jacqueline.Hsieh@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

BECOME AN ORIGINAL COSPONSOR OF THE “NO WALLS ACT”

Say NO to Fake National Emergencies for Border Walls

During Shutdowns

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in prohibiting the construction of border walls (and fences, and “beautiful steel slats”) pursuant to national emergency declarations issued during shutdowns.  I invite you to co-sponsor the “No Walls Act” and to send a message to President
Trump that creating manufactured national emergencies in order to secure unrealistic campaign promises is unacceptable.

This one page bill would prohibit the construction of border barriers, including fences or walls, along the border between the United States and Mexico pursuant to any declaration of a national emergency issued during a shutdown.  That’s all there is to
it.  There can be national emergencies.  Federal agencies can construct authorized border barriers.  But the President can’t just refuse to fund the government, say “EMERGENCY!!!”, and get whatever political wish he desires.  That’s not how the Constitution
works.

As Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, let’s remind the Executive Branch that Article I of the Constitution still exists.  “ALL legislative powers” are still vested in Congress (Section 1).  “ALL bills for raising revenue shall originate in the
House of Representatives” (Section 7).  If it’s not authorized, and it’s not appropriated, it can’t happen.  Period.  (That includes the President’s “big, beautiful wall.”)

Thank you for your consideration of this bill, the “No Walls Act”.  I look forward to your support, and welcome any questions you may have.  Your staff may contact Jacqueline Hsieh of my staff to join at
jacqueline.hsieh@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2601. 

Sincerely,

 

__/s/_______________________________
Rep. Grace Meng
Member of Congress

 

SECTION 1.  SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “No Walls Act”.

SEC. 2.  NO NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS FOR BORDER WALLS DURING SHUTDOWNS.

  1. IN GENERAL.—No funds made available by any act of law may be used to declare a national emergency with respect to immigration concerns at America’s southern border with Mexico or to erect any new border barriers, including fencing or walls, pursuant to
    a declaration of a national emergency.
  1. APPLICABILITY.—Subsection (a) shall be enforced during periods in which any federal agency experiences a lapse in appropriations. 
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