House Democrats Lose Bid to Block Trump’s Wall-Funding Plan

House Democrats failed to block President Donald Trump’s plan to fund his southern U.S. border wall with about $6.1 billion Congress had allocated for other purposes.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington ruled Monday that he lacks jurisdiction to consider the dispute. McFadden, a Trump appointee, had [expressed wariness] of the lawmakers’ arguments at a May 23 hearing.

“This is a case about whether one chamber of Congress has the ‘constitutional means’ to conscript the judiciary in a political turf war with the president” about the implementation of legislation, McFadden wrote on Monday. Agreeing with a Justice Department lawyer’s defense of the administration, the judge concluded he couldn’t get involved in the fight.

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