Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Indiana Democrat Reps Vote to End National Emergency

Feb 27, 2019
In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Indiana's two Democrat representatives voted to terminate the national emergency declared by Pres. Trump to get money for a physical wall on the southern border of the United States. Thirteen Republicans also voted to end the emergency.

Every House Democrat did. The resolution to end the emergency passed 245 to 182.

"We can't let him build his ineffective wall. We won't let him disrespect the separation of powers," Tweeted Rep. Andre Carson (D). "Our country and its ideals must be protected."

None of Indiana's Republican representatives voted in favor of the resolution.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R) voted against the resolution and in favor of the president.

“Congress gave the President statutory authority to declare national emergencies," she said. "When Congress did so, they did not specifically define what can be designated as a ‘national emergency’ or not. The resolution the House passed today to end the President’s national emergency declaration undermines the statutory powers granted by Congress to the President to declare national emergencies."

Brooks said her decision was also based on what she believes about border security.

“As I witnessed during my trip to the Texas border last year, we are seeing floods of families and unaccompanied children reaching our southern border in an attempt to illegally enter the Unites States. While this is a humanitarian crisis that must be handled with compassion, this ongoing problem is overwhelming our resources to adequately address thousands upon thousands of people, particularly of children, who are coming to our border."

Dr. Larry Bucshon, also a Republican representative, called the vote a "show vote" on Twitter.

"This is more political theater showing that Washington Democrats are seemingly more concerned about opposing President Trump than supporting policies that put the safety & security of our communities first and address the humanitarian crisis taking place along our southern border," he Tweeted.

The Senate will take up the measure within 18 days. If it passes the Senate, the president has indicated he will veto it.