My turn, Dylan Frick: Rep. Hudson should voice funding concerns

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My turn, Dylan Frick: Rep. Hudson should voice funding concerns

Published Saturday, January 26, 2019

Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican who represents the 8th Congressional District, is putting our military and active duty service members at risk.

As the Representative for Fort Bragg, the largest population military base in the country, Hudson has considerable influence over military appropriations, and as an entrenched Republican congressman, he has influence over the president, who is inexperienced in military affairs. However, as David Watson wrote in a letter to Concord’s Independent Tribune, Hudson “remains partisan while seeking bipartisanship.” Hudson has refused to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump to voice his concerns over using military dollars, currently reserved for future projects, to build a concrete wall on the southern border — something President Trump has alluded to doing and has the power to do by declaring a national emergency under section 2808 of the U.S. Code.

Democrats voted to open the government nine times already, with no strings attached. They proved that they’re willing to negotiate on the appropriate solutions to border security and the flow of heroin and fentanyl into the US, but the answers to combating these huge issues require much more than throwing billions of dollars at a wall.