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Hartzler Once Again Supports POTUS Efforts to Secure Border

March 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement about the House’s second attempt to obstruct the President’s emergency declaration on the southern border.

“Today’s vote continues to show Democrats care more about keeping our border open than keeping drugs out of communities and our kids’ hands,” Hartzler said. “The President took decisive action to begin stemming the flow of illegal drugs on our southern border and he’s taking real steps to fix the problem. My colleagues across the aisle, on the other hand, are not working on these issues. Instead, they’re wasting time voting on messaging bills and pointless investigations that are politically motivated and focused on the upcoming election.”

In February, House Democrats brought to the floor a resolution condemning the President’s emergency declaration on the southern border. After the Senate passed the resolution, the President vetoed it. Today’s vote in the House was an attempt to override this veto. The veto was sustained by a vote of 248 – 181 (a veto override requires 2/3 of members voting in the affirmative). Congresswoman Hartzler voted against the veto override.

“I’ve personally been to the border, and it truly is an emergency,” Hartzler added. “Ninety percent of the heroin in our nation comes across our southern boundary, killing tens of thousands of Americans a year. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 Americans to drug overdoses – more than died during the entire Vietnam War. While my Democrat colleagues work to undercut the President’s efforts, they offer no solutions to these obvious issues. I support the President’s use of this congressionally authorized power to address the serious problems we face on our border.”

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Interested members of the media may contact Anna Swick at anna.swick@mail.house.gov. For the latest official portrait of Congresswoman Hartzler, please click here.

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