Schumer: ‘When Republicans Controlled the House and Senate, They Did Nothing About the Wall’

By Staff | March 14, 2019 | 5:53 PM EDT

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( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) went to the Senate floor on Wednesday and criticized Republicans who he said were abandoning conservative principles they claimed to believe in so they could back President Donald Trump’s bid to build a border wall by declaring a national emergency rather than getting legislation to fund the wall through Congress.

“While the president thinks it’s an emergency, Congress clearly didn’t,” Schumer said. “Even when Republicans controlled the House and Senate, they did nothing about the wall.”


The vote on whether to overturn Trump’s declaration of an emergency, Schumer said, “boils down to something very simple for our Republican friends: Do you believe in the Constitution and conservative principles?

“There are all of these self-proclaimed conservatives,” said Schumer. “Well, the No. 1 tenet of conservatism is that no one, particularly an Executive, a President, should have too much power. That has been what conservatives have stood for through the centuries, and all of a sudden, because Donald Trump says he wants to declare an emergency, are people going to succumb?

“The Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves,” said Schumer. “They would be rolling in their graves for any president, let alone this one who we know overreaches in terms of power and who we know has no understanding of the exquisite and delicate balance that James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and so many others created in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

“Do our Republican friends stand for conservative principles? Do they stand for any principles at all, or do they just take a loyalty pledge to President Trump and meekly do whatever he wants?” Schumer asked. “It’s that simple.”

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