Republican Senator Rand Paul has announced that he will not vote to support President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
As the Daily Caller reports, the Kentucky Republican agrees with Trump that there is an emergency at the border that needs addressing. He said, however, the method which Trump is utilizing to address it is wrong. Paul stands opposed to the majority of his party who is supporting the president.
From the Daily Caller:
Paul will join a group of three Republicans who have expressed their concerns with Trump’s declaration for a national emergency, saying they do not believe the president should be allowed to override Congress to such a degree.
“I can’t vote to give extraconstitutional powers to the President,” Paul said, to the Bowling Green Daily News Saturday. “I can’t vote to give the President the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” he continued. “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.” He was speaking to the Warren County Republican Party.
In the group are Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine.
Trump is using the declaration to gain additional funding for increased border security and construct a border wall along the southern border.
Tillis, like Paul, said this is the responsibility of Congress and not the president.
“As a U.S. senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress,” Tillis said via an op-ed with The Washington Post. “As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms.”
Here’s even more, from the report:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her colleagues Thursday, telling them they need to “move swiftly to pass this bill.”
This comes just days after Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 hopeful, listed of a number of issues for which she would declare a national emergency if elected president, including “climate change, gun violence, student loan debt — right off the top. That’s what we ought to be working on.”
Trump will still have the option to veto the resolution if passed by the Senate.