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9th Circuit Denies Request to Unblock $2.5 Billion for Border Wall Construction

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the request of the Trump administration to unblock the use of $2.5 billion of Defense Department funds for border wall construction. The request came after the money reallocation was blocked by a lower court while the underlying lawsuit proceeds.

The three-judge panel ruled 2–1 on July 3 that the reallocation should remain blocked because, among other things, the plaintiffs had a good chance of proving the administration overstepped its constitutional authority.

“Defendants’ attempt to reprogram and spend these funds … violates the Appropriations Clause and intrudes on Congress’s exclusive power of the purse,” wrote Judges Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush appointee, and Michelle Friedland, a Barack Obama appointee.


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