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September 25, 2019

Inhofe Statement on Emergency Declaration Vote

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted today to support President Trump by rejecting the Democrat-led resolution to rescind the president’s emergency declaration on border security: 

“By demanding yet another vote on the president’s emergency declaration, Democrats are confirming that they are playing politics with the crisis on the southern border. This is a problem of Chuck Schumer’s making. If Democrats would accept the facts, recognize the crisis and fund real border security measures, the president wouldn’t be forced to continue the national emergency. But, despite hearing from Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other key agencies that the need for stronger border security is real, Democrats still refuse to take the situation seriously, insisting on ineffectual messaging votes instead of meaningful action.

“Over the past six months, we’ve seen how the emergency declaration and the President’s partnership with Mexico have had a positive impact and reduced border crossings, but the crisis isn’t over. We need to build the wall and secure the border.” 

In August, Inhofe made a historic visit to the southern border where he met with soldiers deployed to the border and conducted high-level engagements with senior Mexican military officials. He came away convinced that the new steps taken by President Trump were working. Read more here.  

Sen. Inhofe previously voted to support the emergency declaration vote in March, saying in part: 

“I’ve made six trips to the border in the last five years. Each time, I’ve seen firsthand how the humanitarian crisis has gotten worse. The facts back this up too. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have testified before Congress repeatedly, outlining the dire situation and the need to secure our border from drugs, human trafficking and crime… “Families in Oklahoma and across the country overwhelmingly agree that we need stronger border security. I hope the Democrats will start listening to them and join us in our efforts to build the wall.”

At that time, he also authored an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining why he’s supporting President Trump and the emergency declaration. Read here.

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