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Congressman Courtney Votes to Pass Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, voted today in favor of H.J. Res. 46, a measure that disapproves of President Trump’s February 15th  national emergency declaration. Congressman Courtney is an original co-sponsor the resolution, which would prevent the Trump Administration from repurposing up to $3.6 billion in federal funds that were previously appropriated on a bipartisan basis for military construction projects, as well as from potentially pilfering nearly $2 million from Connecticut National Guard construction funds needed for critical projects such as vehicle maintenance and the construction of a new aircraft de-icing facility.  

The House of Representatives voted to pass H.J. Res. 46 passed the House on a bipartisan basis of 245-182. The resolution would terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration under the Congressional authority provided in the National Emergencies Act (NEA).  The resolution will now be sent to the Senate where it is expected to receive expedited consideration.   

“As I’ve stated since the President first issued his misguided declaration, I’m strongly opposed to misusing emergency powers to circumvent the will of a bipartisan majority in Congress and using military construction funds to pay for a border wall,” said Congressman Courtney. “It’s a misuse of executive authority, and folks on both sides of the aisle agree that it sets a dangerous precedent. Voting for H.J. Res. 46 was the appropriate response from the House. I urge the Senate to move swiftly to vote on and pass this resolution.”