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McMorris Rodgers Disagrees With Border Emergency Declaration

Jeremy Burnham

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has issued a statement on President Trump’s announcement that he’ll invoke a national emergency on the southern border.

The title of the statement from the congresswoman is “How would Elizabeth Warren use this?”

On one hand, McMorris Rodgers said she shared the president’s concerns about the need to secure the border and his frustrations that Democrats tried to frustrate his plans. But, she said in these words, “This is not the right approach to achieve our shared goals.”

“I do not support this decision,” she says, “Because declaring a national emergency sets a very dangerous precedent that undermines our constitutional separation of powers.”

The president, she continues, “is opening the door for any future president to act alone without Congressional approval.”

And she finishes by asking, “How would Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders use this precedent for a national disaster declaration to force the Green New Deal on the American people?”

NPR is reporting that California’s attorney general has promised to sue the Trump administration if it moved to declare a national emergency to secure money from other sources for a border wall.