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Pure Politics: Washington Democrats Vote to Block Declaration of National Emergency

Washington, February 26, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951)
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on a resolution of disapproval in regard to President Trump’s recent declaration of a national emergency on our southern border:

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on a resolution of disapproval in regard to President Trump’s recent declaration of a national emergency on our southern border: 

Today, the House voted on legislation to disapprove and reverse President Trump's emergency declaration to address the national security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border. I voted no. I've stated repeatedly - there is a national emergency on the southern border. Whether its human trafficking, illegal drugs, criminals, dangerous gangs, or just plain-old illegal immigration, saying these aren't critical issues that we must address immediately doesn't make it true.

Since 1976, when Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act, every President, including President Trump, has had the authority to declare a national emergency – Congress, the representatives of the people, gave Presidents this authority. In fact, we currently have 31 active national emergencies declared by Presidents from both parties, many of which deal with matters overseas. Never before has there been this type of opposition to such a declaration.  But, the reason why there is this fabricated outrage all of a sudden is clear – it’s pure and simply politics. Democrats in Washington are determined to do whatever they can to stop President Trump from securing a victory for the American people, including building a border wall to protect the safety and security of our citizens – regardless of what the American people think. 

If Members of Congress are so worked up about emergency declarations, there is an option – change the law and strip the Office of the President of this power. But, despite their newfound interest in the separation of powers, that's not what the Democrats in Washington are worried about.  Their only true interests are stopping President Trump at every turn – but, it won't work. 

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