President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the construction of his now famous border wall has been met with plenty of opposition from Democrats all over the country. Now some of the nation’s top Republican lawmakers, including Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are stepping up to say they will NOT support it.
Senator Paul gave a speech at Western Kentucky University on Saturday and was quoted by The Bowling Green Daily News:
“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress… We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.”Senator Rand Paul
Paul joins GOP Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in publicly denouncing President Trump’s declaration, which would allow him to bypass Congress and use funds specifically designated for military based projects for the border wall instead.
Other Republicans are also speaking out against it, including Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), one of 13 House Republicans who voted in favor to BLOCK Trump’s declaration, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday and came down hard on Trump’s plan. ‘
“We have a system of separation of powers under our Constitution…
He’s never vetoed appropriations legislation and now he wants to declare an emergency to do something Congress has already debated and discussed… The president doesn’t get to decide that he can override Congress simply because Congress doesn’t do what he wants… If there were an emergency in the sense that the president is describing, there would be a lot more consensus.”Rep. Justin Amash
GOP Rep. @justinamash doesn’t rule out a run for the White House as the Libertarian nominee in 2020: “I think that it is important that we have someone in there that is presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/RZudEwHwwn— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 3, 2019
So what happens after next week’s Senate vote on the resolution? If all Senate Democrats vote to support the resolution, then only FOUR Senate Republican votes will be needed for it to clear the chamber. If this happens, we’ll see this force a presidential veto- the first one for Trump, and he’ll have a political embarrassment, piling on top of the fact that sixteen states are now suing the administration over this declaration. Adding to the mix, Trump is likely to face charges from the ACLU and from several border property owners.
President Trump has taken to regularly warning the country of an impending “invasion” from all sorts of unsavory illegals immigrants even though studies have shown that border crossing has dropped dramatically in the last decade.