Kuster Statement on Trump Veto of Resolution Terminating Emergency Declaration
(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on President Trump’s veto of a resolution terminating his emergency declaration:
“President Trump is circumventing the legislative branch to raid critical funds from our military and drug enforcement efforts to build a medieval wall and fulfill a campaign promise,” said Kuster. “Today, President Trump displayed his disregard for the will of Congress and the American people by vetoing a bipartisan measure to terminate his politically-motivated and unconstitutional emergency declaration. Nearly 90 percent of illicit narcotics that cross the southern border come through ports of entry and we should work together to strengthen drug interdiction efforts and enact effective 21st Century border security.”
In his emergency declaration, President Trump is proposing to tap into $2.5 billion from the military through its Interdiction and counter drug account and $600 million from an asset forfeiture program at the Treasury Department. Additionally, the President intends to use $3.5 billion allocated for military construction to improve bases for U.S. troops and recruit, train, and retain members of the military. Kuster joined the New Hampshire Delegation in writing to the President to express concern about the use of funds intended for the New Hampshire National Guard and Portsmouth Naval shipyard.