WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, the Battle Ground Republican representing Washington’s Third Congressional District, said Feb. 14 she opposes President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund border security.
“If President Obama had ever hinted at using emergency powers in this way I would have spoken out strongly against it, and consistency demands that I do the same now,” she said in a written statement.
Herrera said that while she has “repeatedly and consistently voted for increased security on our borders,” Trump’s declaration sets a precedent that could allow a future president to grab funds for some other priority such as “Government-run, one-size-fits-all health care,” a firearms ban or a “Green New Deal.”
The U.S. Constitution grants only Congress the power to appropriate federal funds, Herrera said.
“Our government is a system of checks and balances, and declaring an emergency in such a situation would undermine that system in a way that even those of us who support strong border security may later deeply regret,” she wrote. “We can’t let our frustration allow us to disregard the Constitution and its separation of powers.”