Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia Cosponsors Resolution to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

February 20, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia joined Congressman Joaquin Castro and more than 220 other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in introducing the National Emergencies Act (NEA), a resolution to terminate the Trump Administration’s National Emergency Declaration. The emergency declaration signed by President Trump last week seeks to divert over $3 billion from military resources to build a proposed border wall on the southwestern border, effectively circumventing Congress to secure money that lawmakers have refused to give him.

“There is no emergency at the border and the Trump Administration’s declaration is an irresponsible and dangerous abuse of power that undermines our democracy and the principle of government by the people in blatant disregard of the Constitution,” Congresswoman Garcia said. “Not only does this measure seek to fund a wasteful and morally reprehensible border wall, but in the process violates the very principles our government is founded upon. Congress will act swiftly on this measure to protect the separation of powers and I am proud to join Congressman Castro and my colleagues to immediately put a stop to this dangerous move.”

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the resolution on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. If the resolution passes, it will then be sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration under expedited procedures.

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.