WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement on the
possibility of President Trump declaring a national emergency:
“There is no security emergency at the border,
but President Trump’s actions could spark both a humanitarian and
constitutional crisis. Never in our history has a president declared a
national emergency to circumvent Congress for a construction project he
previously failed to get authorized and appropriated.
“President Trump billed himself as a dealmaker
who would make Mexico pay for the wall. Mexico said no. Then
President Trump said he would shut down the government until Congress gave the
money he wants for a wall. Congress said no.
“President Trump should not take the extreme,
illogical, and legally dubious step of declaring a national emergency to divert
funds to build an ineffective wall.
“Under the guise of an emergency, President
Trump is attempting to subvert Congress’s constitutional authority to
appropriate funds. Congressional Republicans should not go along with
“It is in America’s national interest to
maintain checks, balances, and barriers to prevent Presidents from seizing this
kind of power. If President Trump tears them down now in order to build
his wall, he could do serious long-term damage.”