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Austin Associates Chelsea Priest and Charles Fowler are counsel to a group of former Republican Members of Congress who are not parties to a lawsuit brought by El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights against President Trump and certain members of his administration challenging the President’s emergency declaration redirecting funds to build a border barrier, but who wanted their thoughts to be heard on the issue. Chelsea and Charles filed an amicus brief on their clients’ behalf arguing that the emergency declaration violates the Appropriations Clause because the President is using funds that Congress did not appropriate for that purpose.  Their efforts were featured in Newsweek here.

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