WASHINGTON, D.C. – The battle of the border continues to top national news. It isn’t only the Democrats opposing President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. Last week, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) announced her opposition. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River says such a declaration does not rest with the Executive Branch of the government.
“The day that Congress no longer has control of the purse, as prescribed by the Constitution, is the day that you’ll have a chief executive that can then spend any time, anywhere, any how – with no check and balance,” Walden said.
Walden said he opposed similar attempts to expand powers by President Obama, and it would be wrong not to oppose Trump’s attempt. He said that if the president believes it’s an emergency, he should present his concerns to Congress.
“There’ll be members of the Republican party that will support this call for a national emergency and spend the money,” he said. “There will be some that say that’s a bridge too far. I know the words. I know the terms. I want to know the meaning of what he’s actually doing.”
Walden says allowing Trump to declare a national emergency would set a dangerous precedent which presidents of either party could use in the future.