Twenty-three former Republican members of Congress have written a letter to current GOP members urging them to pass a joint resolution 'terminating the emergency declared" by President Donald Trump.
In the letter, published Monday by Politico, the lawmakers said that no matter what their policy preferences were or "how deep our loyalties to presidents or party leaders," lawmakers take an oath to put the United States and its Constitution first.
"We who have signed this letter are no longer Members of Congress, but that oath still burns within us," the letter said. "That is why we are coming together to urge those of you who are now charged with upholding the authority of the first branch of government to resist efforts to surrender those powers to a president."
The former lawmakers point out that in Article 1 of the Constitution, section 9, it is stated that the power of the purse rests with Congress.
The second argument asks how much members of Congress are willing to undermine the Constitution "to advance a policy outcome that by all other legitimate means is not achievable."
The letter was signed by former Reps. Steve Bartlett, Texas; Douglas Bereuter, Nebraska, Sherwood Boehlert, New York; Rodney Chandler, Washington; William Clinger Jr., Pennsylvania; Tom Coleman, Missouri; Mickey Edwards, Oklahoma; David Emery, Maine; Nancy Johnson, Connecticut; James Kolbe, Arizona; James Leach, Iowa; John LeBoutillier, New York; Pete McCloskey, California; Thomas Petri, Wisconsin; Claudine Schneider, Rhode Island; Christopher Shays, Connecticut; Peter Smith, Vermont; Alan Steelman, Texas.
Former Sens. John Danforth, Missouri; Chuck Hagel, Nebraska; Gordon Humphrey, New Hampshire; Richard Lugar, Indiana; Olympia Snowe, Maine, also signed the letter.
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