Mitch McConnell Fails to Prevent Revolt Against Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Mitch McConnell Fails to Prevent Revolt Against Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Mitch McConnell Fails to Prevent Revolt Against Trump's National Emergency Declaration

US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russian Federation, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border.

If Trump decides to veto the resolution, this would be the first veto of his presidency.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says he'll vote in favor of a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration with regards to the U.S. -Mexico border.

But it won't go much further than that.

"Without question, the president's order for more wall money contradicts the will of Congress and will, in all likelihood, be struck down by the Supreme Court", Paul wrote in a Sunday op-ed for Fox News. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a risky thing", Paul added, according to the Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News. The House passed its version of the resolution last week, largely along party lines, and the Senate must hold a vote within two weeks. Only 13 Republicans joined all Democrats in backing the measure.

It's been less certain whether that resolution can pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but Paul's stated opposition to Trump's emergency declaration likely means it will.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who has been critical of Trump's emergency declaration, delivered a floor speech on Thursday in which he outlined what he described as an alternative way for the president to get the money he wants to build his wall.

Most recently, however, Trump declared a national emergency over the situation on the US-Mexico border and used it to reprogram funds towards the construction of a border barrier.

"What is clear in the Senate is there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president", McConnell told reporters in Kentucky. But then he could veto the legislation, and it's unlikely that his opponents could muster the two-thirds super-majority in the House and Senate that would be needed to override his veto. Four GOP senators-Paul along with Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina-have said they plan to vote against Trump's emergency declaration.

Amash also said he thought Republicans supporting Trump on the issue were abdicating their responsibilities under the constitution.

"Every single Republican I know decried President Obama's use of executive power to legislate".

People work on the U.S. - Mexico border wall in El Paso, Texas, on February 12, 2019. He's invoking other powers to transfer an additional $3.1 billion to construction.

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