A group of conservative House Republicans called on President Trump to flex his executive power to get the funds to build a wall on the southern border because a compromise deal fails to provide enough funding for the barrier.
In a letter released to The Hill, members of the House Freedom Caucus — Reps. Mark Meadows, Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan — say the agreement worked out by congressional negotiators puts the nation at risk.
“Thank you for your leadership efforts to protect our border. The conference committee deal is bad,” the letter says. “It will not secure the border and will allow criminally violent aliens to be released into our country. And, in fact, there may be additional problems with the proposed ‘deal.’”
The New York Post reports,
The accord, which is expected to be voted on later Thursday, gives $1.375 billion for the wall, far less than the $5.7 billion Trump demanded.
The members of the caucus urged Trump to declare a national emergency, a move that would allow him to use emergency military construction authority and “provide support for the counter drug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime” by erecting the barrier.
“We support your use of the authority delegated to you as President by the United States Congress to use federal funds to protect the American people,” they said in the letter.
Trump signed a temporary spending bill on Jan. 25 that reopened the government for three weeks while a team of lawmakers continued to negotiate border security, including a wall.
An impasse between Congress and the White House over wall funding led to a 35-day government shutdown.
The new deadline is Friday.