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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

H. J. Res 46 – Disapproving the President’s Declaration of Emergency: NO

February 26, 2019
Vote Notes on Legislation

H. J. Res 46 – Disapproving the President’s Declaration of Emergency: NO.  This bill would invalidate the President’s action to invoke the National Emergencies Act regarding the security of our nation’s southern border.  The President has invoked an authority dating back to 1976 that allows him, by making such a declaration, to reprogram unobligated military construction funds to address the emergency.  It has been invoked 58 times since then, including for such declared “emergencies” as civil unrest in Burma and Sierra Leone.  There are 31 such emergencies currently in effect.  In this case, the designation allows the President to access funds to build a wall to secure our own country’s porous southern border.  Whether Congress should have given the President such a broad grant of authority is a separate matter.  But as long as he has it, he has the responsibility to use it to defend our nation’s southern border and uphold our immigration laws.