BISHOP STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Vice Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies issued the following statement after President Trump issued a declaration of national emergency and plans to divert critical military construction funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I am opposed to the President declaring a national emergency at our southern border, and I will work with my fellow Appropriations Committee colleagues to challenge this reckless decision. If there were a true emergency at our southern border, the President would have declared this along time ago. This declaration could fleece our much-needed military construction projects in Georgia like those at Fort Gordon, Fort Benning, as well as projects at the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. It will also pull funds away from much needed natural disaster zones.
“This careless act will weaken our military, lessen our readiness and limit the capabilities of our military men and women. It also sets an irresponsible precedent, and erodes democratic norms - all in the name of a wasteful border wall.
“This is not a partisan issue. The ranking Republican of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), stated just the other day that he encourages the President to ‘not to divert significant Department of Defense funding for border security. Doing so would have detrimental consequences for our troops...’ The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), stated his opposition to diverting critically needed military construction funding and urged the President to ‘leave [military construction] alone. This is a manufactured