Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Staying Ruling Against Trump Stealing Funds for Ineffective, Wasteful Border Wall

July 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Supreme Court stayed a ruling against President Trump’s effort to spend funds not appropriated by Congress to build his wasteful, ineffective border wall:

"Our Founders created a democracy, not a monarchy. The Constitution forbids the President from spending funds that were not appropriated by the Congress.

"For months, the President has sought to undermine our military readiness and steal from our men and women in uniform to waste billions on a wasteful, ineffective wall that Congress on a bipartisan basis has repeatedly refused to fund. The Supreme Court’s decision tonight to allow President Trump to defy the bipartisan will of the Congress and proceed with contracts to spend billions of dollars on his wall undermines the Constitution and the law.

"House Democrats will continue to fight to uphold our Constitution and protect our democracy as the case continues on appeal."