Thornberry discusses border wall, emergency declaration

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Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, made a stop in Wichita Falls before heading to the panhandle to talk about issues in Congress. 

One of the major ones coming out of Washington lately has been President Trump’s emergency declaration.

Thornberry said he does agree with Trump that there needs to be barriers along the border, but he does not want those barriers to come at the expense of the U.S. military.

“Updating our facilities for aircraft hangers and all of the other needs that we have,” Thornberry said. “We have a huge backlog of military construction needs that have not been funded through the Obama years, so you are taking away from that important part of national security for this. We have to do both.”

Thornberry said there are two legal issues that could benefit the U.S. military.

“Whether the military is required to deal with the emergency and whether military construction funds can be used to support the military on federal land to do that,” Thornberry said. “That’s not really what we are talking about here. I think when it comes to the details of using military construction funding there are some problems.”

For the states who are fighting to stop Trump’s emergency declaration, Thornberry said the law does not define what an emergency is, and he doubts the court will go against Trump’s judgment.

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