Rand Paul Will Vote to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration - Hit & Run

Minnie Murray
March 5, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects his chamber will have the votes to pass a resolution blocking President Trump's national emergency declaration but an effort to override a presidential veto will fail in the House.

"We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn't authorise it. If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing", Paul suggested, according to the paper.

Three other Republican senators have announced they'll vote "no" to a national emergency declaration at the U.S. -Mexico border, too, including, Sen.

The Bowling Green Daily News first reported that Rand would vote "no" on the national emergency declaration - and "yes" on a resolution to block border wall measure - on Saturday.

Mr. Trump issued his emergency declaration as a way to free up funding to build his long-promised wall along the southern border after Congress refused to provide the $5 billion he requested. He is seeking to use $3.6 billion from military construction, $2.5 billion from a Defense Department drug interdiction program, and $600 million from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture program, in addition to the money from Congress. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is predicting.

McConnell told reporters Monday that the assurance came from Trump.

The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution soon - and now there appear to be enough Republicans defectors to pass it. Assuming the Democrats do as expected and hold steady against it, his decision ensures the outcome: The president will be forced to veto a congressional rebuke, and Congress will in turn nearly certainly fail to override that veto.

Many former national security officials also signed onto a statement that publicly rebuked the emergency declaration on Monday.

The Senate is poised to vote on the measure this month.

"Congress clearly expressed its will not to spend more than $1.3 billion and to restrict how much of that money could go to barriers".

Murkowski said Tuesday she would vote for the resolution, making it clear that the bill will pass the Senate due to support from these Republicans. "And the president doesn't get to decide that he can override Congress simply because Congress doesn't do what he wants".

But the White House is eager to contain further defections from members of Trump's own party on his signature issue of building a wall along the southern border.

A border wall prototype is torn down at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.

He said the Senate vote would happen before the lawmakers go on a one-week recess on March 15.

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