(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives took its battle over the Trump administration’s border wall to federal court on Friday, urging a judge to stop billions of dollars from being transferred toward construction of the barrier without approval by Congress.
“As everyone knows the executive branch cannot build this wall without Congress,” Douglas Letter, representing the House, told the U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland, California. “The president asked for $8.1 billion to build the wall and Congress said no to that. This money was clearly denied by Congress under immense pressure.”
The House, 20 states and two advocacy groups asked Gilliam to block the transfer of funds to prevent the wall construction.
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