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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney To Support Legislation Opposing Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

February 17, 2019
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement signaling support for upcoming legislation that would disapprove of President Trump’s recently announced national emergency declaration:

“As I said following the President’s statement on Friday, I do not believe his declaration of a national emergency has merit, and that the diversion of critical military construction funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will harm military readiness and our national security. The House Armed Services Committee will conduct swift and laser-focused oversight of this unwarranted raid on precious funds, which are urgently needed for real military readiness purposes.

“In addition, I strongly believe Congress’s proper role is to use the authority provided by the National Emergencies Act to enact a resolution of disapproval of the President’s declaration. I therefore intend to support such a resolution in the coming days and will seek its swift enactment.”

On Friday, February 15, President Trump declared a national emergency at southern border of the United States. Shortly thereafter, Congressman Courtney issued a statement in opposition to the President’s announcement, stating that diversion of military construction funds to pay for a border wall was a misuse of presidential authority, and harmful to national security. Read his full remarks here.