Kelly votes against resolution to end declaration of national emergency on southern border

Feb 26, 2019

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, House Democrats brought up a privileged resolution, H.J.Res.46, which if enacted would end the national emergency declaration President Trump issued on the U.S. southern border. Congressman Mike Kelly issued the following statement after voting against the resolution:

President Trump declared a national emergency on our southern border to fix a problem that has existed for decades and has consistently dodged a legislative solution. Illegal immigrants, drugs, crime, and other threats to the safety and security of the American people are easily crossing our border. Action must be taken. The President and Republicans in Congress for months sought a legislative solution to this emergency and Democrats refused to negotiate in good faith, instead prioritizing politics over good policy for Americans. Now, through this resolution of disapproval, Democrats are attempting to state that no such emergency exists. They also cast the President as lawless, stating that his legal authority to declare the emergency does not exist. They are wrong on both counts, and if they want to end this emergency, they should come back to the table, drop the ‘resistance,’ and adequately fund border security.