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Beyer Votes For Resolution To Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Rep. Beyer this evening voted for H.J. Res. 46, a Joint Resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. The measure passed with significant bipartisan support in the House and will face a Senate vote within a few days.

“My oath of office to support and defend the Constitution required that I must reject President Trump’s fake national emergency,” said Rep. Beyer. “President Trump asked Congress to spend money on a useless wall, which he had previously promised Mexico would provide. The people’s Representatives rejected his request. Article I of the Constitution clearly delegates the power of the purse to Congress, but the President nevertheless decided that he would try to take money over Congress’ objections for his own purposes. I am heartened by my Republican colleagues who joined us in doing our duty to the Constitution, though it is unfortunate that there were so few of them. This should have been an easy call.”

Rep. Beyer recently returned from a Congressional Delegation visit to Central America, where he learned from heads of state, law enforcement leaders, and US diplomatic staff about the forces that drive irregular migration to the United States and American efforts to help improve conditions in the region.