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Trump Loses Border Wall Money Fight

September 25, 2020 (1 min read)

U.S. House of Representatives v. Mnuchin, CADC, Sept. 25, 2020

"The United States House of Representatives brought this lawsuit alleging that the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, the Treasury, and the Interior, and the Secretaries of those departments violated the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution as well as the Administrative Procedure Act when transferring funds appropriated for other uses to finance the construction of a physical barrier along the southern border of the United States, contravening congressionally approved appropriations. The District Court for the District of Columbia held that it had no jurisdiction because the House lacked standing to challenge the defendants’ actions as it did not allege a legally cognizable injury. We disagree as to the constitutional claims and therefore vacate and remand for further proceedings."