Utah delegation responds to funding bill & emergency declaration

Congress passed the compromise bill funding the government on Thursday, avoiding a partial government shutdown. Pres. Trump is expected to sign the legislation, and then declare a national emergency along the southern border to obtain funding for a border wall.

Here are responses from Utah’s congressional delegation:

Romney statement on funding, border security deal. Sen. Mitt Romney issued this statement following his vote in support of a funding bill that strengthens border security and keeps the government open:

While this bill is far from perfect, it includes critical funding for border security and immigration enforcement, and prevents another harmful government shutdown. I am glad the Senate was able to conclude this unfinished business from last year. 

I will reserve judgment on any potential executive action by the president until I am able to fully evaluate it but, as I’ve said, I do not believe declaring a national emergency is the right approach. I would also expect the president to stay within statutory and constitutional limits.

Rep. Rob Bishop statement on vote for Appropriations Act. There is a crisis on the southern border. This compromise bill does not come close to solving that problem, but I don’t want another government shutdown, so I have voted yes.

“The president should not declare a national emergency. He needn’t even be in this position if Congress would have done its job and funded both the government and border security. This is a failure of Congress to act.

I am frustrated with Democrat leadership, who have supported border security in the past, but now are insisting upon an inadequate compromise out of pure political spite.

Rep. Chris Stewart disapproves of national emergency declaration. I think President Trump is making a mistake by declaring a national emergency in order to increase border funding. Whether the president has the authority or not, it sets a dangerous precedent and places America on a path that we will regret.

It deeply worries me that a future Democratic president may consider gun violence or climate change a ‘national emergency’ and what actions they may then take.

While I agree we must secure our borders and provide increased security, we must limit the power of the executive to make such declarations.

McAdams supports bipartisan compromise to keep government open, strengthen border protection. Congressman Ben McAdams voted for the bill that will keep government open and fund government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, through September.  He said the bill is an agreement worked out by Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate. 

McAdams said the deal, while not perfect, avoids another shutdown while making important investments in security for the borders and ports.

“Government shutdowns are terrible for workers, our economy and our national security. The president should never again harm all three by forcing a government shutdown to get his way.  Now we must continue working together on immigration reform, including permanent protection for our DREAMers.  Fixing our broken immigration system is the true, long-term solution to border protection, economic security and a humane, compassionate response to people seeking safety and a better life for themselves and their families in America.”

McAdams said the bill provides money for medical care, food and clothing for migrants held in detention, along with funding for 55 miles of pedestrian and levee fencing.

McAdams said he opposes the president declaring an emergency and agrees with Utah Senator Mitt Romney that such actions should be reserved for only extreme and exigent circumstances.

Curtis statement on national emergency declaration. Rep. John Curtis released the following statement after it was announced that Trump could declare a national emergency along the Southern border:

Like President Trump, I believe it is crucial to properly secure our borders and ensure dangerous criminals cannot enter. I will evaluate a possible emergency declaration if it is proposed, but I worry about the harmful precedent that approach can set and whether or not it could be legally justified. Congress needs to solve the difficult problems facing our borders and broken immigration system—we cannot rely on executive actions to get our job done.