Arizona legislators react to shutdown deal, pending national emergency
PHOENIX — National lawmakers from Arizona reacted Thursday night to Congress passing a border security compromise that prevents another federal government shutdown.
They also commented on President Donald Trump’s plan to sign the deal but still push for a border wall by declaring a national emergency.
Republicans supported Trump’s course of action.
“I am encouraged that President Trump will immediately declare a national emergency to build the wall,” U.S. Rep Andy Biggs said in a statement.
“Though executive action should always be taken lightly – and never outside of constitutional bounds – President Trump correctly views the situation at the border as an emergency.”
Biggs tweeted a letter to Trump signed by him and other members of Congress calling the shutdown deal “bad” and claiming it will not secure the border.
ICYMI – Yesterday, @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan, @RepMattGaetz and I sent a letter to @POTUS @realDonaldTrump, urging him to use his authority pursuant to Title X, Sections 284 and 2808 to access funds to build the wall. Read the letter ➔ pic.twitter.com/OKWg0Rh6op
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 15, 2019
U.S Rep. Paul Gosar said Trump “should take all measures necessary to protect American lives.”
This funding bill is an insult to the thousands of Americans who are on the front lines of this humanitarian and national crisis at our southern border. The President should take all measures necessary to protect American lives. We must secure our border.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko echoed the support.
“I support the president in this action,” she told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Friday.
“If anyone has gone down to the border and talked to … the boots on the ground that actually deal with the illegal immigration, they will tell you this is a national emergency.”
Democrats argued that there was no emergency on the border.
“Whether shutting down the government for his wall or an emergency declaration, Trump continues to manufacture a crisis at the Southern border and reinforce it with fearmongering and outright lies,” U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a statement, adding that he did not vote for the spending bill because he believed it rewarded Trump’s behavior.
I voted NO on the spending bill because I could not vote for legislation that rewards the unhinged behavior of the President and his racially-charged policies.
Border communities and immigrant families should not have to bear the brunt of the President’s lies. pic.twitter.com/XVEwFxe5zG
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) February 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton said he supported the shutdown compromise but also criticized Trump’s plan.
“Declarations like this must only be used for real national emergencies—not to make up for political failure—and should not be used as a work-around to the legislative process,” he said in a statement.
“This is the wrong way to govern, and the president is only creating a dangerous precedent for our country.”
U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran said in a statement, “While this deal is far from perfect, it sets us on the right course to address the pressing needs of the nation, including comprehensive immigration reform … and most importantly, a bipartisan budget.”
He didn’t mention the president’s plan to declare a national emergency.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted:
Trump's presidency is the real national emergency.
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) February 14, 2019