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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Opposes National Emergency Declaration to Build Border Wall Along Southern Border

Feb 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC  – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today released the following statement on the announcement that President Trump would sign the bipartisan spending agreement while also declaring a national emergency to begin building a border wall:

“While I am relieved that we will be avoiding another government shutdown, the announcement that President Trump will declare a national emergency to build his border wall is deeply concerning. This is an attempt to circumvent the constitutional responsibility Congress has to appropriate funds, which we have fulfilled by designating more than $1 billion in border security funding. After the president failed to live up to his promise that Mexico will pay for the wall, his instinct is to instead raid the treasury to fund his wasteful and unnecessary border wall. Today’s announcement is just a continuation of that.

“The president needs to get in line with the vast majority of Americans who understand that what is occurring at the southern border is not a national emergency and certainly not a valid reason to divert funds from vital projects in the works all across the country, including right here in the North Texas region. There are multiple essential projects under the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers that directly relate to flood prevention in Dallas and Fort Worth. If any of these are used as part of the president’s unwise emergency declaration, countless lives would be put at risk.

“As I have in the past, I will continue to oppose the president’s border wall request and advocate for smart border security solutions that are both more economical and more effective than a wall would ever be. It is Congress’ obligation to pass laws that better the country, and that will remain my primary focus.”

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