U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D): “President Trump’s national emergency declaration is a complete abuse of power. No president can be allowed to spend taxpayer dollars without authorization from Congress.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R):
“I made no secret of the fact that I hoped the president would choose to avoid unilateral action and work with Congress on a legislative solution to secure the border. My staff and I are reviewing the president’s declaration and its implications very closely.”

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic:
“This is not a smart move. Democrats and Republicans worked hard to reach a bipartisan deal to keep our government open, one that would strengthen and invest in border security in effective ways. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m concerned about protecting the spending power of Congress. And as an American, I’m really concerned about the constitutionality of this kind of declaration, as it threatens one of the core pillars of our republic: the separation of powers.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9, Dallas:
“The United States’ border security personnel pleaded for $5.7 billion to secure our border. Democrats ignored these concerns and as a result, this bill falls far short. This bill does not meet the needs of our country’s border security. It does not end the border crisis. We are essentially forcing the President to declare a national emergency because Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats wouldn’t do their jobs.”