Letter to the Editor: Congressman Hudson, stop punting and start negotiating

Published 11:43 am Friday, January 25, 2019

Congressman Richard Hudson, who represents Stanly County, is putting our military and active duty service members at risk.

As the representative for Fort Bragg, the largest 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.”

Congressman Hudson has refused to meet with 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 have voted to open the government many times already, with no strings attached. They have proven 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.

We should not squander our children’s future and leave them a huge burden of debt just because we think a wall could work. We owe it to our children to think before acting, and to figure out the best solution to get drugs and crime out of our communities; and we can do it without holding federal employees hostage.

In 2014, Congressman Hudson met with Nancy Pelosi to make a bet on a playoff game between the Panthers and the 49er’s.

Funding our military and paying our federal employees are more important than a football game, and I hope Congressman Hudson would agree.

It’s playoff season, not standoff season, and it’s time for Hudson to stop punting and start negotiating.

Dylan Frick
8th Congressional District, Democratic Party