Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after the President’s emergency declaration:
“The president’s emergency declaration today is needed to protect our border from the flow of deadly drugs into our communities and the illegal immigrants who circumvent our laws.
"Speaker Pelosi’s insistence on protecting illegal immigration over securing our border has left the President no choice but to declare an emergency. This could have been avoided.
“I appreciate the President’s resolve and determination to protect our borders and address the dangers of the deadly narcotics and illegal immigration that threaten our families and communities.
"His emergency powers give him the authority to redirect funding to protect the American people, and I believe there are non-defense areas of the government where it is appropriate to do so. I stand by him on this issue, and I will continue to monitor this solution to ensure it champions national security as well as border security.”