Contact: Sally Fox
Steil Statement on H.J.Res.46
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Bryan Steil released a statement following the vote on H.J.Res.46.
“Our legislative process is broken. I’m frustrated we got to this point in the first place. Under current law, the president has broad authority to declare national emergencies. The National Emergencies Act of 1976 gave the president the authority to declare a national emergency in a wide variety of situations, which includes securing our border. Federal law allows the president to allocate appropriated military construction funding to address this national emergency. Because this action is allowed under current law, and because I believe we need to properly fund our border security needs, I voted against the resolution. Going forward, Congress must work together. I am focused on improving the National Emergencies Act to better involve Congress in future funding decisions.”