NJ senator calls Trump's national emergency 'unconstitutional power grab'

Mike Dougherty
February 15, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY NETWORK

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez says President Trump is over reaching his authority by declaring a national emergency.

There have been nearly 80 previous national emergencies, and Menendez doesn't think the situation at the border has any similarities with those emergencies.

"They have been either related to military or war activities or natural disasters,” he said. “This is neither one of those, so it's an outrageous power grab by the president."

READ: ACLU says it will sue over Trump emergency order

Menendez says Trump has a blatant disregard for the rule of law.

"The Constitution of the United States makes it very clear that it is Congress that has the power of the purse," he said.

Trump says we must confront the “National Security & Humanitarian Crisis on Our Southern Border” one way or another and stop the invasion of criminals and illegal drugs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he supports the president's plan.