Pelosi Statement on Circuit Court Ruling Against Trump’s Misuse of Funds for Ineffective, Wasteful Wall

June 26, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered its rulings in the cases of Sierra Club v. Trump and California v. Trump against the Trump Administration’s attempt to transfer funds for military functions to build his border wall:

“On a bipartisan basis, Congress has repeatedly refused to fund the President’s ineffective, wasteful border wall.  The rulings by the Ninth Circuit are a great victory for the rule of law and our Constitution.  These decisions uphold our Founders’ vision for our democracy: three co-equal branches of government with an Executive branch that is subject to the laws passed by Congress. 

“President Trump’s ongoing attempts to undermine military readiness by stealing critical defense funding to pay for his wall is reckless and endangers the American people.  The funds that he is pilfering, which were appropriated by Congress, are vital to support the safety and well-being of the brave men and women in uniform, as well as their families.  We will never allow our national security and the strength of our military families to suffer so that the President can fulfill an outrageous campaign promise.

“Congress, not the President, has the power of the purse – a power that the Circuit Court’s decisions strongly uphold.”