Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Opposes Efforts To Undermine Trump National Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today gave the following speech before voting against H.J. Res. 46, the Democrat resolution terminating President Trump’s national emergency declaration:

“I thank my friend from Missouri. I want to share my thoughts on this purely political effort by the new Democrat majority. Mr. Speaker, the US and Mexico border is 2,400 miles long. My home state of Texas is half that border. 1,200 miles.

“Texas knows something others in this chamber apparently don't know. We are at war on the southern border with the drug cartels. I say again, we are at war on the southern border with the drug cartels from Mexico. The drug cartels are at the heart of every single problem we have on our southern border. They have a war going with our families, our kids, our schools, with record numbers of heroin, cocaine and deadly Fentanyl. The drug cartels are at war with our moral values, by financing modern-day sex slaves or forced laborers.

“All of Texas, 254 counties, from Amarillo to Texarkana to Beaumont to Brownsville to Marfa are impacted, they are at war with these drug cartels. The majority had better wake up and have no more figments of imagination. It's time to put politics aside and admit we are at war with the drug cartels.

“Let's fight this war to win. Vote against a resolution that surrenders to the drug cartels. I yield back.”

Rep. Pete Olson speaks on the House Floor.

Watch the full speech by clicking the video above or here.


Media Contact: Cate Cullen