As I said, there is no emergency at the border.
Joining 244 other members of Congress this evening in voting against Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration, my Representative, Dusty Johnson, agrees:
Throughout the last two months, I’ve reliably voted with the President on border security and the border wall. There is still work to be done, and I’m committed to working with him in Congress to continue the progress we’ve made. An emergency declaration is the wrong approach, however. I spent eight years under President Obama fighting ever-expanding executive authority. I remain committed to that principle. Separation of powers is a central American value, brilliantly established by our Founders. It makes governing messy and frustrating, but concentrations of power threaten liberty. This is true, regardless of which party holds the White House. In the future we may have a president who supports a Green New Deal or radical attempts to roll back the rights of gun owners. If that’s the case, we’ll need the checks and balances inherent in our system to be alive and well [Rep. Dusty Johnson, in Calvin Cutler, “Dusty Johnson Votes to Block President Trump’s Emergency Declaration,” KNBN-TV, 2019.02.26].
Now let’s see if my Senators, John Thune and M. Michael Rounds, have the courage to put sound governing principles over personality and politics and cast a vote declaring the simple fact that Donald Trump has misused Executive authority by declaring an emergency simply to circumvent the will of Congress.
Voting for simple truth—gee, doesn’t sound that hard.