The President's National Emergency Declaration

It is the responsibility of Congress to fund border security and finish completion of the border wall authorized under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 – that is clear! 

As a Constitutional conservative, I’ve always been open to a legitimate debate on where Congress needs to reclaim its Article I authority from the Executive Branch, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.

But the reality is that Congress has given the President authority to declare a national emergency and reprogram funding under Title 10 of the U.S. Code, and this declaration is one of 58 national emergencies declared by U.S. presidents since 1979.

The President is absolutely right when he says the situation on our southern border is a humanitarian and national security crisis.

Tell Me What You Think About Rushing Bills Through Congress
On Thursday, party leaders sent Congress an 1169-page spending bill that cost $396 billion and had been written behind closed doors. The vote was held later the same day.

This violated the House Majority's pledge to allow 72 hours after a bill was released before a vote was held.

Members of Congress did not have sufficient time to analyze the bill or offer input - yet the bill passed with 300 "yes" votes. This broken process is a big reason America is $22 trillion in debt and fed up with Congress.

To be clear, I voted against the bill. I also cosponsored a bill which would have continued funding the government for one more week to give Congress time to read the bill and negotiate a real compromise.

Do you believe Congress should vote on bills the same day they are released? Please take this one-question survey and let me know what you think.

A Bad Deal & A Broken Congress
Last week's spending bill that I opposed not only fails to strengthen border security but actually creates new incentives for cartels to traffic unaccompanied minors across the border.

The spending bill specifies that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may not detain or remove any “potential sponsor” of an unaccompanied minor or any members of their household. This would create de facto sanctuary status for any illegal immigrant with a connection to an unaccompanied minor, further encouraging families to send children and teenagers to the border by themselves and putting those unaccompanied minors at risk.

The Washington Office for Latin America reports that the “stunning frequency of kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking, rape, and homicide puts Central American migrants’ plight in Mexico atop the list of the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian emergencies.”

The spending bill includes $1.375 billion for a border barrier, enough for only 55 miles of fencing. The bill also places substantial restrictions on where new fences could be built and provides $40 million for an “alternatives to detention” catch-and-release program.

This 1169-page spending bill should not have been rushed through before Congress had a chance to analyze it, and it is not a serious effort to secure the border.
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