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Sen. Cornyn Challenges Some Of President Trump's Border Wall Options

January 17, 2019 - 6:29 am
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By Chris Fox, 1080 KRLD Austin Bureau Chief

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Senior Senator John Cornyn continues to push back against the Trump administration’s options for bypassing Congress to get the border wall built.

Senator Cornyn, Senator Cruz and Governor Abbott on Tuesday signed a letter to President Trump opposing the use of Harvey disaster relief funds to build the border wall.

On a Wednesday media call Cornyn again weighed in saying, “We need to keep that aid money flowing to Texans still healing from Hurricane Harvey and we need border security, so the idea of taking money from one to pay for the other doesn’t make sense to me.”

Cornyn also opposes President Trump’s alternate plan of using his executive order power to declare a national emergency to get the wall built. Cornyn told reporters, “To give the President authority basically to do that all by himself would, I think stretch constitutional boundaries.”

Cornyn advocates a border security plan comprised of the combination of infrastructure, technology and personnel.  He’s calling for the Democrats to get back to the negotiation table with the President to end the partial government shutdown. He told reporters, “We need to have Congress and the President do what we do on a daily basis…that is negotiate our differences, come up with a compromise and get our work done.”