Scott Statement on President Trump’s Unconstitutional Emergency Declaration

February 15, 2019
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall:

“The President failed to convince Congress to fund his expensive, ineffective and diplomatically obnoxious wall. Now he has concocted a faux emergency at the border to fund his border wall that he always promised would be paid for by Mexico.

“There is no sudden emergency at the border. Furthermore, the wall does not address any of the alleged problems outlined by the President. We know the wall would not reduce crime or stop the flow of drugs into the country.

“By raiding the Department of Defense’ military construction budget he will directly harm national security and important Army Corps projects in Hampton Roads as we continue to deal with the effects of rising sea levels. I am confident the courts will halt this unconstitutional use of emergency power by the President.”

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