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Welch Statement on Emergency Declaration

February 15, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump declaring a national emergency:

“Yesterday, Congress resoundingly rejected President Trump's campaign promise to build a wall on the border. Today, he manufactured a national emergency out of whole cloth to bypass Congress and fund this discredited and now defeated plan. The President's utter failure to deliver on a phony campaign promise may be a political emergency for him, but it is not an emergency for the nation under the law or the Constitution. This willful and dangerous action will not withstand scrutiny in the courts. The wall will not be built.”