Democrats in both the House and Senate voted for bills to fund the government, she noted on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” But Trump is “holding it up” and causing thousands of workers to go without pay for with his “vanity project,” the border wall, Harris said.
“It’s an emergency of his own creation,” she told host George Stephanopoulos.
Trump is slated to deliver a national address on Tuesday night, day 18 of the government shutdown. He told reporters on Sunday that he might declare a national emergency to secure money for his border wall.
Harris said there is no question there will be litigation if he does.
“If he declares an emergency, I think we will see the checks and balances kick in, in particular through the courts,” she said, emphasizing the power held within the branches of government outside the president’s office.
On Monday night, Harris called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a vote on bills to reopen the government.
Some federal workers are struggling to pay the bills as they await their paychecks, as she noted.
“When you’re struggling to make ends meet because you’re living paycheck to paycheck, have bills that are due, rent to pay, and kids to feed, you can’t afford to have even one paycheck come late,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “That’s the reality for countless federal employees right now.”
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