A group of 40 GOP senators on Wednesday asked the Government Accountability Office to decide whether President Biden‘s decision to freeze more than $1 billion in congressionally approved border wall funding violates federal law.
The letter comes as an influx of migrants arrives at the U.S.-Mexico border, creating a humanitarian crisis.
The coalition led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., noted Biden’s immediate suspension of border wall construction on Inauguration Day.
In the weeks after Biden’s inauguration, “operational control of our southern border was compromised and a humanitarian and national security crisis has ensued,” the senators wrote.
“The President’s actions directly contributed to this unfortunate, yet entirely avoidable, scenario,” the letter states. “They are also a blatant violation of federal law and infringe on Congress’s constitutional power of the purse.”