Rubio to CBN News: We DO Have a Border Emergency but a Trump Emergency Declaration Would Be Dangerous
- Today, CBN Newscongressional correspondent,
Abigail Robertson, caughtup with Senator Marco Rubio.
The Florida Republicangave us his thoughts
on the shutdown, the President's authority
to declare a national emergency,
and new pro-life legislation he's set
to introduce this week.
And Abigail joins usnow from Capitol Hill.
Abigail, you spoke withSenator Rubio earlier today.
How does he feel about theongoing government shutdown?
- That's right, Jenna.
I spoke with Senator Rubioabout this government shutdown,
and unfortunately, hedid not instill much hope
that the end is anywhere in sight.
Take a look.
- Well, the only way youcan end something like this
is through a negotiation,
and negotiation requirestwo sides to be talking
and it requires compromise.
There's not much talking going on
and Nancy Pelosi, SpeakerPelosi's made clear
that she's not willing to compromise.
And I just don't understandbecause, for years,
we Republicans have been lectured
about needing to compromise, but now,
they aren't offering anycompromise on the Democratic side.
I don't see the commentatorsout there lecturing them.
And I guess compromise means
when two or threeRepublicans join Democrats,
but not the other way around.
- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
echoed that same sentiment this afternoon,
really saying that there's notreally much of a compromise
that's being floated, that bothof them are wiling to agree
to re-open the government.
They were both blaming the other side
for this continued shutdown,
and Senator Mitch McConnell said that,
if the government isnot re-opened next week,
he will cancel theSenate's planned recess.
- Abigail, what doesSenator Rubio have to say
about the President declaringa national emergency
to fund the wall?
- He says he agrees thatthere is a national emergency
at the southern border,
but he thinks that declaringa national emergency
to get those border fundswould set a dangerous precedent
so he does not want thePresident to do that.
Here's what he had to say on that.
- I believe it's an emergency.
I would hope he would not dothat, and the reason why is
'cause I think it sets avery dangerous precedent.
Future presidents couldlatch onto that and use it
to declare their ownemergencies for policy aims
that we may not be in favor of.
The highest standard we holdhere is the Constitution,
and under that Constitution,
our system of governmenthas checks and balances.
That sort of executive use of power,
I think exceeds it, potentially,
and certainly in spirit, if not in law,
and I hope he doesn't do it
despite me believing its an emergency.
I think the best way to solve this
is for the electedrepresentatives of this people
to do what we're supposed to be doing
in the federal government,
and that is protecting ourcountry by securing our borders
and dealing with a humanitarian crisis,
which is the biggest issue here.
You have families and ahuge increase in families
with children trying tounlawfully cross the US border.
They are overwhelming our border agents
and it's creating ahumanitarian catastrophe.
That has to be dealt with.
- Senator Rubio also tooka jab at the White House
and leadership, saying thatthese funding negotiations
should have been broughtforth a long time ago,
long before the shutdowndeadline was approaching
to prevent the governmentfrom ever being shut down
and really to have givensenators and lawmakers the time
to find a compromise beforethese federal workers
were forced to stay home andtheir paychecks were withheld.
- Abigail, in your interview,
you also asked Senator Rubio, I know,
about pro-life legislation
that he's introducing aheadof this week's March for Life.
What can you tell us about that?
- Well this week, we're seeinga lot of pro-life legislation
being introduced in boththe House and Senate.
The bill that Senator Rubio put forth
is really addressing theadults who are taking minors
across state lines for thepurposes of having an abortion
and these minors, whoare not their children,
and they're taking them across state lines
to make sure that the parents
do not know that theirchildren are getting abortions.
So he's trying to make this illegal.
Here's a little more aboutwhat he has to say about that.
- The one I'm sponsoringunder my name is CIANA,
which is a bill thatbasically makes it a crime
to move a minor across statelines for purposes of abortion
unless their parents have been notified.
May states have parental notification laws
and some states do not,
and so someone will take a minor,
it could be, by the way,in the case of an adult
that impregnated a minorand wants to cover it up,
they take the minor, drivethem across state lines
to a state without parentalnotification requirements,
and they have the abortion there,
and that would make it a federal crime.
- [Abigail] Do you think there's any hope
you'll see any Democrat support for that?
- No, you know, they're pretty locked in
and radical on that position.
They say they're pro-choice,but in this particular case,
it goes beyond that.
It is the ability of somepeople to evade state laws
by being able to cross state lines.
But they're opposed to anything
because they will only do, sadly,
whatever Planned Parenthood
tells them they're allowed to do.