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Rep. Meeks Issues Statement on Trump’s National Emergency

February 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall:

“President Trump’s national emergency circumvents the constitution and Congress’ power of the purse, using the pretense of a fabricated crisis to fulfill a campaign promise he couldn’t execute through the legislative process. Although executive overreach has very much been part of this administration’s brand, Trump has crossed the Rubicon with this action.

“Trump already admitted during the Rose Garden speech that he ‘didn’t need to do this.’ In fact, he has spent much of the last few months using the threat of a national emergency as a bargaining tool. When defending the constitutionality of this action, this administration will find it difficult to explain why, if this were to be a real crisis, a national emergency wasn’t called sooner, or why the Department of Homeland Security’s own numbers on border crossings and drug smuggling don’t corroborate the Presidents’ claims.

“The declaration of a national emergency is clearly a power grab, spurred by a failed negotiation. Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, must push back or risk setting a constitutionally dangerous precedent.”