Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump supported a funding deal and declared a national emergency at the southern border:

“I supported this funding deal as a step towards securing our border, which we absolutely must do. However, I believe it is a dangerous precedent for the President to be forced to declare a national emergency because Congress refuses to provide necessary funding to protect our country. As I have voiced to this Administration repeatedly, I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects.”

Since the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure the southern border has been floated by the Administration, Turner has repeatedly opposed those funds coming from military construction projects. Last week, Turner joined a letter led by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8) to the Administration urging against use of funds to secure the southern border that have previously been allocated for military construction.