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Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority

Does Trump have the constitutional power to ignore a congressional vote that did not provide him all the money he wanted for a Southern border wall? That issue could be decided by the Supreme Court.
The U.S.-Mexico border barrier stands on Friday in Tijuana, Mexico. Source: Mario Tama

Before President Trump even uttered the words "national emergency" on Friday, there was already a lot of talk about legal challenges.

Here's the central question: Is it constitutional for the president to ignore Congress's decision not to give him all the money he wants for a Southern border wall — and instead, get it through a declaration of a national emergency?

Trump clearly anticipates a court fight, and is looking to the new

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