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Roe: Grounding 737 MAX aircraft was right move

Hank Hayes • Mar 14, 2019 at 10:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe told reporters Thursday he agrees with the federal government’s decision to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.

“I think the president was correct in asking for those planes to be grounded,” Roe, R-Tennessee, said in a conference call. “I personally fly four flights a week. I would have been reluctant, quite frankly, to get on a 737 8 or 9 MAX until they figure out what’s wrong with it. … There’s a design flaw or something that is making that airplane difficult to fly.”

Roe also addressed these questions:

Do you support the House resolution to make the Mueller Trump-Russia investigation report public?

“It’s nonbinding. The attorney general will decide what to do. … I found no reason not to agree with that.”

What’s going on with the national emergency resolution the president declared about the southern border but the Senate voted against?

Tennessee U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander had differing votes, with Blackburn supporting the president’s declaration and Alexander opposing it.

Said Alexander: “Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway. The problem with this is that after a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom. This declaration is a dangerous precedent. Already, Democrat presidential candidates are saying they would declare emergencies to tear down the existing border wall, take away guns, stop oil exports, shut down offshore drilling and other leftwing enterprises — all without the approval of Congress.”

Roe supports Trump’s declaration. “The president sometime next week will probably veto (the Senate’s rejection),” Roe predicted. “ … It will come back to the House and takes two-thirds to override that veto, which won’t happen. It will be sustained by the House of Representatives whatever happens in the Senate.”

Eastman has announced a workforce adjustment and is citing the U.S.-China trade war as a reason for it. Is that anywhere near ending?

“I think you’re going to see a resolution. … I think the Chinese understand it’s in their best interest to negotiate another agreement.”

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