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La. congressmen react to ongoing stalemate over border security, national emergency debate

January 11, 2019
In The News

While President Donald Trump did not make a national emergency declaration over border security during his nationally televised Oval Office address Tuesday night (Jan. 8), Trump said the idea is not dead. But, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation offered mixed views on the topic.

GOP House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto both said they support the president’s persistence.

"We know that we need the wall. This is a matter of national security, I’ve been down there,” Abraham said.

“He ought to use every legal tool possible,” Scalise said. “No president can circumvent Congress, but at the same time, every president has flexibility within each department and President Trump is right now looking into what other options he has.”

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