Congressman Pappas votes for resolution to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration

February 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today Congressman Chris Pappas voted on a bipartisan, privileged resolution that would terminate President Trump’s unconstitutional emergency declaration. The President declared an emergency to obtain wall funding beyond the $1.4 billion Congress already approved for border security. This unprecedented declaration would divert billions from high-priority military construction projects and drug interdiction efforts to pay for an unpopular southern border wall.

“After failing to convince the American people, Congress, and Mexico to pay for an ineffective, expensive wall, the President is now is trying an end-run around our democratic process with an emergency declaration,” said Congressman Pappas. “The President’s action not only violates our constitution but places our national security and public health at risk by diverting billions of dollars from military construction and opioid response efforts. I hope a bipartisan majority in the Senate will join the House in putting an end to this abuse of power and restoring the checks and balances that our founders established.”

On Monday, a bipartisan group of 58 security officials including former secretaries of State and Defense, CIA directors, and ambassadors to the UN issued a statement declaring that “there is no factual basis” justifying the President’s emergency declaration. Their statement brings to light that border crossings are currently at a 40-year low.