Congressman Turner responds to Mayor Whaley’s criticism of House resolution vote

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Congressman Mike Turner, (R, OH-10) is historically a big advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force base, but his “no” vote on the House resolution Tuesday brought some blowback from Dayton’s mayor.

The U.S. House approved the resolution that would terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

If President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the southern border is successful, $3.6 billion of military construction dollars could be diverted to help pay for the border wall. 

This means Wright-Patterson Air Force base could potentially lose $61 million planned to expand an intelligence center.

A resolution opposing the president’s declaration passed the US Congress by a 245-182 vote.

CongressmanTurner who represents WPAFB was one of the 182 who voted no to the resolution.

He released a statement on his decision saying “I could not support Nancy Pelosi’s political ploy today to keep the border open. In a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood and Vice Admiral Michael Gilday testified that there are still points at our border where people can enter illegally unimpeded, illegal immigration is continuing, and our border is not closed. Protecting sovereignty is one of the most important issues any nation faces, which is why I strongly believe we must secure our border. Nancy Pelosi should provide the necessary funding to do so. In the meantime, the President will make his case that there is a legal basis for a national emergency in the courts, which is where this decision ultimately lands. I remain adamantly opposed to usurping congressional power of the purse by raiding previously approved funding for military construction projects.”

Tuesday night, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley tweeted about the vote saying, “For all his talk of protecting the base Representative Mike Turner falls in line and votes against blocking the national emergency.  If the national emergency is successful it could take money from Wright-Patt.”

2NEWS asked Whaley for further comment Wednesday morning, her offices telling 2NEWS she stands by what she said in her tweet and has nothing further to add to this discussion.

Congressman Turner responded to the tweet Wednesday afternoon in this statement to 2NEWS, “Mayor Whaley has taken time out of her extensive political travels to Iowa and New Hampshire to voice her continued support for open borders. Perhaps she should focus on protecting the community’s drinking water, which is her job, while I continue my efforts to grow jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”

After passing the House, the resolution now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expects it to be voted on before March 18.

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