Republican Rep. calls for legal action from General Attorney over Biden's Border Wall freeze
President Biden can face a lawsuit for his decisions made over the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall.
Missouri Republican Rep. Jason Smith is seeking for legal action over the U.S. president for his decision to freeze foundation of the border wall.
Smith believes that Biden violated the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, “which reasserted Congress’ sole authority over budgetary spending” when ordered to stop funding the wall back in January.
“Rep. Jason Smith alleges in the letter, first obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, that Biden’s January decision was a violation of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which reasserted Congress’ sole authority over budgetary spending. Smith argued that while the Government Accountability Office said that Biden’s change to a budget President Donald Trump signed into law was a ‘policy choice’ and not in violation, it has ruled differently on previous issues with different presidents,” The Daily Caller reported.
After Biden’s decision to freeze the funds, the Government Accountability Office reviewed it from the point of view whether any budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow were violated.
“As previous legal opinions from the GAO on similar matters have noted, the withholding of congressionally appropriated federal funds for a policy reason may result in a violation of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974,” Smith’s letter stated.
“As GAO’s opinion states, it is clear that Congress appropriated, and President Trump signed into law, funds specifically for the purpose of constructing a border barrier on multiple occasions,” Smith said in the letter.
Biden was repeatedly criticized for changing the U.S. immigration policy after he occupied the White House. Before that, billion dollars were approved and set for the private companies selected to finish the construction of Trump’s border wall.
“Allowing the Executive Branch to overreach and abuse the separation of powers by taking actions to circumvent congressional intent not only carries negative short-term effects but the potential for long-term abuses as well,” Smith continued.