Rep. Thornberry Reacts to National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

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Last week, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to get funding for the border wall. This week, Congressman Mac Thornberry gave his opinion on the declaration. 

“I think a basic job of any nation is to control who and what comes across its border. It’s part of a definition of a country,” Thornberry said.

While Thornberry supports building the wall, he does not support tapping into our Department of Defense’s budget to do so. 

“He identified several pots of money from which he would take funds in order to build part of a barrier on the southern border,” Thornberry stated.

“What I have more problems with however is military construction funding,” Thornberry said. “If you take that money then you’re hurting our military. So that’s really robbing one part of national security to support border security and I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

As for his opinion on Trumps decision to declare a national emergency, Thornberry said that it is nothing new to the country, but the situation in which this one was declared is.

“There has been a national emergency that has been declared for a variety of national disasters that law has been used a few times after 9-11,” Thornberry said. 

Congressman Thornberry said the law is too vague to say what is and what is not an emergency. 

“The law does not define what a national emergency is,” Thornberry explained. “So I believe that the courts are not going to second guess a president’s judgment since there’s no definition to compare it to.”

Thornberry said taking money from the Department of Defense would have detrimental consequences for our troops as military infrastructure was one of the accounts most deprived during the Obama-era defense cuts, and that it would undercut one of the most significant accomplishments of the last two years. 

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