Former Trump administration lawyer Mark Paoletta testified to the House Budget Committee Thursday that President Joe Biden’s action to freeze border wall funding when he took office violated the Impoundment Control Act.
The act was intended to prevent presidents from taking away Congress’s power of the purse by refusing to spend money that Congress had allocated for a particular purpose.
Congress appropriated $1.4 billion in the 2021 budget to building the wall, and Biden has no right to change that decision and make his own different decision about spending that money.
Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), who was questioning Paoletta, blamed the current migrant crisis in part on Biden’s decision to freeze the funding.
“This is a real crisis that we’re dealing with as a result of what I think is an illegal action by the president, freezing the congressionally appropriated funds, funding for the construction on the southern border wall,” Smucker said.
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