Texas GOP rep opposes Trump’s use of national emergency to get border wall

Republican Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsGOP divided on anti-Biden midterm message The Hill's Morning Report - Bidens to visit Surfside, Fla., collapse site Trump, GOP return to border to rev up base MORE (Texas) said Tuesday that he opposes the national emergency declared by President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE to build a border wall.

Williams, asked about Trump's national emergency declaration by a constituent at a town hall event Tuesday, gave a clear "no" to supporting it, according to the Austin American-Statesman.


“The reason that I have not been supportive of the declaration is because Congress has done a really poor job, we ... Congress, both sides of the aisle, put the president in this situation, OK, but I don’t support it from a selfish standpoint,” Williams said at the event, according to the Statesman.

He then reportedly went on to explain that the emergency declared by Trump could take border wall funding that currently goes towards military bases, specifically noting Fort Hood, and saying he’d “hate to see a lot of those dollars diverted from that.”

Williams’s district, which he is in his fourth term representing, includes a majority of Fort Hood and is not on or near the border.

He added during the town hall that there are “serious issues on the border.”

“But I have not been a big proponent of the emergency declaration,” he said. “Congress let people down by not taking an aggressive stance in coming up with a border security bill.”

Despite Williams's comments at the town hall, a spokesperson suggested the congressman might still be able to back Trump on the declaration.

Spokesperson Hanna Allred told The Hill that Williams was worried about money being taken away from renovations at Fort Hood, but that recent comments from acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon MORE that military housing would not be touched was an "important step."

"While he has expressed concern about money being taken away from much needed barrack and facility renovations at Fort Hood, Acting Secretary Shanahan’s recent comments that military housing will not be touched is an important step, and Congressman Williams will continue to push the issue to make sure this is the case," she said in an email.

GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel Senate falling behind on infrastructure MORE (Maine) on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say she would back legislation to block Trump's emergency declaration, which he issued last week.

--This report was updated on Feb. 21 at 12:21 p.m.