Senator Casey calls Trump's national emergency an 'abuse of power'

Dan Wing
February 16, 2019 - 12:34 pm
Bob Casey

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY NETWORK

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- U.S. Senator Bob Casey is among the many lawmakers speaking out against the president's declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southern border. 

Senator Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, calls the declaration an abuse of power and says isn't a real emergency.

"How are you going to say something is an emergency and wait month after month and month after month if it's an emergency?" So I think his rationale is undermined by his failure to ask for more dollars when he had not just the opportunity in the appropriations process, but he didn't ask for more money when his party controlled the whole government," Casey said.

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He says the money allocated in the funding bill approved this week properly addresses border security, and focuses spending on what's needed.

"They were basing their investment in border security on the testimony and the information from the experts. So, that's the good news," Casey said. "The bad news is the president doesn't seem to want to listen to any experts. He's just in love with trying to have a concrete wall that everyone knows won't work."

Casey thinks the president's declaration will be tied up in courts for months, if not years, and that he should instead focus his efforts on working with lawmakers on immigration reform.