WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oregon's Second Congressional District Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) opposes the President's plan to use an emergency declaration to fund construction of a wall at the southern U.S. border. Friday morning, President Trump announced he would sign the funding bill to keep the government in operation but is declaring an emergency because lawmakers failed to approve the necessary money for border wall construction.
Shortly after the President's speech, Congressman Walden tweeted, "Congress has granted the executive branch certain spending authorities. I strongly object to any president acting outside of those explicit authorities to spend money that Congress has not appropriated for specific initiatives." He followed up with two more posts explaining that he continues to support strengthened border security, including a wall, but says he's concerned about the precedent Trump's move sets. Walden, who represents Oregon's largest district, including Central Oregon, is the state's only Republican in Congress.