Kuster Votes to Terminate President Trump’s Emergency Declaration
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted for HJ Res. 46: Joint Resolution to Terminate POTUS Emergency Declaration. Kuster is an original co-sponsor of the legislation, which would terminate President Trump’s recently declared national emergency at the southern border. Last month, Kuster voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that included more than $1.3 billion in funding for physical barriers and security on the southern border. Kuster has been vocal about the need to invest in security at Ports of Entry where nearly 90% of illegal narcotics cross the border.
“President Trump’s unnecessary and misguided emergency declaration taps into critical resources for our military, National Guard, and the Pentagon’s anti-drug trafficking efforts to fulfill a failed campaign promise,” said Kuster. “Rather than supporting 21st century measures to improve border security where we need it most, the President is acting against Congress to divert funds from our military to build a medieval wall. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation to bring this fake national emergency to an end so we can work to enact bipartisan, comprehensive reforms to address the most pressing challenges faced by our immigration system.”
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. Border Patrol apprehensions at the southwest border have decreased from 1.6 million in FY 2000 to 396,579 in FY 2018. President Trump’s own U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Security Report notes that, “In FY17, CBP recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record.”