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National emergency backlash, local lawmakers speak out

February 17, 2019 02:22 PM

Congress approved enough money for 55 miles of new border barrier... over one billion dollars. 

The president plans to divert almost seven billion, much of it previously approved for other purposes including military and construction projects.

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Many of his opponents like local Congressman Paul Tonko say they're not happy with this decision. "We don't need 11th century solutions to a present day concern for security," he said. 

As the president tests this executive power, he appeared to undercut the core urgency of this declaration. 

"I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster" said President Trump. 

Friday, Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail denounced Mr. Trump's use of a national emergency. 

"It is playing politics with taxpayer resources. It is about creating a crisis of his own making" said Kamala Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate. 

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