Statement of Vice Chairman Leahy On 9th Circuit Ruling Halting Transfer of Military Funds to President Trump’s Wall

“In a decisive victory for the Constitution and the American people, the Ninth Circuit wisely ruled that President’s Trump effort to raid congressionally appropriated funds for our military troops and their families to build his wall was plainly illegal.  In upholding the lower court’s decision to halt the transfer of military funds to President Trump’s wall – a wall that Congress refused to fully fund, prompting this President to lash out and shut down the government – the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed our Constitution’s clear decree that Congress, and Congress alone, possesses the power of the purse.  No President has the authority to convert congressionally appropriated taxpayer dollars into a slush fund for his pet projects.  That’s not a political statement; that’s just the Constitution.”