Cicilline Introduces Bill to Block Trump’s Phony Emergency Declaration

Friday, February 22, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to block President Donald Trump’s attempt to use a national emergency declaration to build a border wall after Congress refused to provide him with the money to do so.


Gun violence, climate change, and opioid addiction are national emergencies, but there is no national emergency at the border,” said Cicilline, who visited El Paso, Texas last month to meet with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. “Most illegal drugs come through legal ports of entry, and most illegal immigration is a result of visa overstays. Building a wall won’t solve those problems. The only thing it will do is make it harder for us to do military construction projects here in Rhode Island.”


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced today that the bipartisan resolution of disapproval, which was authored by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), will be voted on next Tuesday. With more than 220 co-sponsors already supporting the bill, it will then head to the U.S. Senate, where it is also expected to pass.


In declaring a national emergency, President Trump is attempting to build his wall using $3.6 billion in funds that were already approved for military construction projects. The military construction fund is a vital resource for Rhode Island, a state that is home to more than 70,000 veterans. Congress approved $20 million in funding for the Rhode Island Army National Guard and Reserve Center in 2016.


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