‘Congress let people down by not taking an aggressive stance in coming up with a border security bill…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams said he opposes President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a southern border wall because it could detract from funds necessary for the maintenance of military bases, like Texas’s Fort Hood.
Williams represents Fort Hood’s district, and although the base isn’t anywhere near the border, the Republican said he’d “hate to see a lot of those dollars diverted” from it.
“Do you support President Trump’s declaration of a border emergency?” Williams was asked at a town-hall event in Texas on Tuesday.
“No,” Williams replied, to applause from the audience.
Williams admitted that there are “serious issues on the border,” but noted that Congress should step up and take action, not the president.
“The reason that I have not been supportive of the declaration is because Congress has done a really poor job, we … Congress, both sides of the aisle, put the president in this situation, OK, but I don’t support it from a selfish standpoint,” Williams said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
“I have not been a big proponent of the emergency declaration,” he continued. “Congress let people down by not taking an aggressive stance in coming up with a border security bill.”
Trump said that through his emergency declaration, he will tap into three funds: $600 million from a Treasury Department asset forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s anti-drug account and $3.6 billion from the Defense Department’s military construction funds.
“One of the things that I was able to accomplish was to get $61 million into Fort Hood so we can rebuild the barracks that literally were condemned and literally were falling down, and our kids [soldiers], many of them were sleeping on the ground. That should never happen,” Williams said. “We’ve got money for motor pools, we’ve got money for runways. All this stuff’s happening, from a selfish standpoint, and I’d hate to see a lot those dollars diverted from that.”