Rand Paul to Vote with Dems and RINOs Against Trump's Emergency Declaration

Paul said he supports Trump in general and believes Congress should have given the administration additional funding for the southern border wall but that he doesn't support the national emergency declaration. It would be the first such pushback on national emergencies from Congress ever, and in all likelihood Trump's first veto of his presidency.

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Paul said he couldn't vote to give Mr. Trump the "power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress" during remarks at the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing".

On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled House voted 245-182 to approve the resolution.

It received support from every House Democrat and 13 Republicans.

"I think that really it's a very risky thing for people to be voting against border security", Trump said.

Two-thirds of a majority is needed to override the veto, meaning 55 Republicans would have to vote with Democrats in the House.

"I think that really it's a very unsafe thing for people to be voting against border security", Trump said during an interview last week with Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Majority Leader McConnell has just announced the Senate will vote on the resolution, and says it will pass, according to CNBC.

So far, four GOP senators have publicly announced they would side with Democrats on the vote. GOP Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina previously suggested they also planned to vote in favor of the measure.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to reporters outside a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2018.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for his "great, great wall" triggered the longest-ever partial USA government shutdown in December and January.

'I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress...' The president may have the authority to redirect spending due to the emergency declaration, but he does not have the authority to seize private lands or to use military funding for a civilian construction project-even under the vague and broad powers granted to the executive by the National Emergencies Act.

Paul cited the Supreme Court's ruling on Youngstown Steel in 1952 and said he thinks the national emergency declaration isn't constitutional because it goes against "the will of Congress".


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