Thornberry on Resolution of Disapproval
WASHINGTON-- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the resolution of disapproval of the President's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
“I believe that the security situation on the southern border is critical with circumstances that we have never had to address before. It is reasonable to conclude that it is a national emergency. The intransigence of Democrats in Congress has played a large part in bringing us to this point. The President’s request for funding to secure the southern border was not unreasonable, and a better compromise should have been found. This resolution of disapproval is another step into partisan politics rather than finding reasonable measures to improve our security.
“Even in an emergency, however, funding for our troops should not be diverted for other purposes. While I am voting against this resolution, I will also work to prevent the diversion of essential military funds. We have made restoring readiness and supporting our troops and their families a bipartisan priority. That work must continue, and I am eager to work with my colleagues on additional measures to keep any Administration from using DOD funds for purposes other than what Congress intended.”