House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) joins many other Republican lawmakers standing behind the president’s national emergency declaration and tells CBN News he doesn’t know how anyone can look at the border situation and deny there’s a major problem.
“This is clearly one of those cases where the president can declare an emergency and he has because there is a crisis at the border and he’s working to keep our country safe,” Scalise said ahead of Tuesday’s vote in the House to block the president’s declaration.
The Louisiana congressman is also calling out Democrats who he says didn’t object when former President Barack Obama used executive orders he believes were unconstitutional to put his policies in place.
“Democrats were silent there but all of the sudden when it comes to the national security of this country – which is a constitutional responsibility of the president to keep our country safe – when the President is standing up and taking legal action to do it now all of the sudden they’re wondering if it’s allowed,” he continued. “The law actually does allow it, the law goes back to 1976 and it’s been used dozens of times.”
The Senate will take up the resolution next where its fate is uncertain. Republican Senators Susan Collins and Thom Tillis say they plan to vote with Democrats to block the president’s declaration.
“Although Trump certainly has legitimate grievances over congressional Democrats’ obstruction of border-security funding, his national emergency declaration on Feb. 15 was not the right answer,” Sen. Tillis wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “As a US senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress. As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms.”
But even if the Senate agrees with the House, the president will surely veto the measure.
“We need to put some kind of physical barrier in place, most people across the Senate support border security,” Scalise told CBN News.
The Minority Whip is also trying to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor. A similar bill already failed in the Senate this week as all but three Democrats voted against it: Senators Joe Manchin, Doug Jones, and Bob Casey.
“What we’re trying to do is put legal protection in place that most people are shocked to find out doesn’t already exist in law,” Scalise explained.
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