“This is the first time a president has tried to declare an emergency when Congress explicitly rejected funding for the particular project that the President is advocating,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“He’s pretty much daring the court to strike this down,” the California Democrat said. “It is going to be a real test for my GOP colleagues in Congress and their devotion to the institution.”
When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about any plans to limit the President’s authority to declare national emergencies, Schiff expressed hesitation.
“The risk that the President takes, the risk to future Presidencies, is that we limit the President’s power to act when it really is necessary,” Schiff said. “But this president doesn’t care about future presidents, he only cares about himself.”