Senate Republicans signed a letter to the Government Accountability Office accusing President Joe Biden of “unlawfully” freezing funds and stopping the construction of the border wall on his first day in office.
They also accused him of creating the “entirely avoidable” crisis at our southern border.
“[I]n one of the first official acts of his presidency, Joseph Biden suspended border wall construction and ordered a freeze of funds provided by Congress for that purpose,” the 40 GOP senators said. “In the weeks that followed, operational control of our southern border was compromised and a humanitarian and national security crisis has ensued.”
“The President's actions directly contributed to this unfortunate, yet entirely avoidable, scenario,” they wrote. “They are also a blatant violation of federal law and infringe on Congress's constitutional power of the purse.”
Daily Mail reports:
Notably, the Republican lawmakers referenced in their letter a possible parallel with the GAO calling foul for Donald Trump, during his time as president, deciding to halt military aid to Ukraine without first getting consent from the Hill.
They claim that Biden is doing the same thing now by misdirecting funds away from the wall.
'We believe they violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), as interpreted by your office, and we request your legal opinion on the matter. Prompt action to end these violations is required to restore order at the border,' the senators wrote of the administration to the GAO.
Only 10 of the 50 sitting Republican U.S. senators did not sign the letter. Appropriations Ranking Member Richard Shelby of Alabama was one of those who signed on.
In a statement announcing the letter, Shelby said they aimed to bring attention to 'President Joe Biden's suspension of border wall funding and construction without lawful justification, as required by the Impoundment Control Act.'
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