"Congress put aside $1.4 billion for the fence, but the whole cost, including maintenance, was pegged at $50 billion over 25 years, according to analyses at the time."
That was 13 years ago. We should have spent 26 billion on it by now unless you disagree with the estimates. Even if you do it does not justify ze ...[text shortened]... gress. Pelosi is either a corrupt bitch helping to give Trump more power or she is extremely stupid!
From your article:
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109–367), also labelled H.R. 6061, is an Act of the United States Congress which authorized and partially funded the "possible" construction of 700 miles
(1,125 km) of physical fence/barriers along the Mexican border.
The border is approximate 1954 miles long. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2017/09/19/wall-how-long-us-mexico-border/676001001/
So the Act in 2006 did not foresee what Trump consistently claimed he wanted i.e. a wall across virtually all of the border. He ridiculed the existing fencing on the border as completely inadequate. Here's what the Donald said on February 16, 2017:
And we’re going to have a wall that works. We’re not going to have a wall like they have now, which is either nonexistent or a joke.
The Democrats didn't propose zero funding for the existing fencing; they passed bills providing $1.3 billion in FY 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Trump declaring a national emergency just because Congress won't vote the way he wants would be unconstitutional. I'm confident it would be struck down by the courts; Harry Truman attempted to seize the steel mills during the Korean War because there was a strike and production of steel would have been disrupted during actual fighting but the SCOTUS ruled he had no power to do so. https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/343us579