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Most Louisiana members of Congress back Trump’s emergency declaration

February 15, 2019
In The News

The bulk of Louisiana’s congressional delegation stands behind President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration in order to build and expand barriers at the U.S-Mexico border. The president made the declaration official Friday (Feb. 15).

Most delegation members threw their support behind Trump well before his announcement in the White House Rose Garden. He signed the emergency order a day after Congress approved an appropriations bill to avoid another partial government shutdown. The bill included $1.4 billion for the border wall, well short of the $5.7 billion Trump had demanded.

Reps. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, and Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, also opposed the compromise bill to avoid a second shutdown. Both had made prior statements giving full-throated support to Trump’s emergency maneuver.

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