Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Republicans try to limit defections, criticism of Trump emergency declaration

Republicans try to limit defections, criticism of Trump emergency declaration

Rand Paul of Kentucky will vote in favor of a joint resolution against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border, becoming the fourth Senate Republican to do so and putting the measure on course to pass.

"Some of us are having a discussion with the White House to see if we can get this done, spend what needs to be done, secure the border, but not actually upset the constitutional order of things", Toomey said Monday morning during an interview with Harrisburg radio host R.J. Harris on WHP 580. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a risky thing", Paul suggested, according to the paper.

The libertarian-leaning lawmaker joins GOP Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have said they will vote for a resolution of disapproval. Rand Paul announced on Saturday that he would join three other Republican senators - Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voting against the declaration.

"I think the president is violating our constitutional system", he said, adding that congressional action against Trump was important because "we have to protect our own power. However, I can not support the use of emergency powers to get more funding, so I will be voting to disapprove of his declaration when it comes before the Senate". Paul makes it four, and assuming that all 47 Democrats and their independent allies go against Trump, that would give opponents 51 votes - just past the majority needed.

In February, the president said that he would "100 percent" veto the measure.

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Kristin Keller, General Manager of Firsco Lodge, shovels snow off their parking lot Friday, March 1, along Main Street in Frisco . Temperatures across the Northeast will hover close to the freezing mark so that the snow will be more of the heavy, wet type.

Trump signed a spending bill last month that kept the government open and provided $1.375 billion for a border wall.

In Dames & Moore v. Regan (1981), Yoo wrote, the Supreme Court "found that when Congress broadly delegates a general power to the executive branch in the area of foreign affairs, such as the power to impose economic sanctions, it would not read Congress's neglect to grant a more specific, related authority as foreclosing the president from exercising that authority".

That likely will not be the end of the drama over the border wall funding, as Trump has promised to veto the disapproval resolution. He's invoking other powers to transfer an additional $3.1 billion to construction. Paul's support means the resolution will likely pass the Senate with bipartisan support and could force the president to issue his first veto.

Trump has argued numerous times the situation at the border constitutes a crisis and that a wall is critical to deterring illegal drugs and criminal gangs from coming into this country. It puts the Republicans in Congress in bind.

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