Rep. Cox responds to Trump's decision to declare emergency for border wall


    FILE - TJ Cox speaks to Eyewitness News on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – President Donald Trump says he'll be declaring a national emergency so he can build a southern border wall.

    The move will allow him to bypass Congress to spend more money to erect barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Local Rep. TJ Cox, a Democrat, issued the following statement Friday in response:

    “We were sent to Washington to work together and find solutions for the American people. Neither side got everything that we wanted, but I am proud to have voted with Republicans and Democrats alike to prevent another costly and unnecessary government shutdown.
    “Too often, it’s the voices of hard-working people that get lost in these debates. As I cast my vote yesterday, I thought of the hundreds of thousands of workers who can sleep easier knowing that their lives won’t be needlessly disrupted again by this Administration.
    “President Trump’s emergency declaration to sidestep the Constitution is short-sighted, irresponsible, and lawless. Our Founding Fathers constructed a system of checks and balances to protect the people from executive overreach. The President overstepped his constitutional authority to declare he will divert scarce taxpayer dollars to a project we all know is unnecessary and ineffective.”

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    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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