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

Posted March 05, 2019

At Monday's meeting, Parkinson cautioned GOP Senate communications aides against public criticism from their bosses over the emergency declaration, saying that if senators are planning to vote to overturn it they should contact the White House to get further information on Trump's rationale, according to the two people who attended the meeting.

Paul noted that he believes allowing President Trump to move forward with this declaration would set a risky precedent when it comes to the checks and balances ensured by the Constitution, and Congress has the power of the purse.

"I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress", Paul said in a speech on Saturday at Western Kentucky University, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. Paul said. "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 unsafe thing".

The resolution introduced in the House passed the chamber on Tuesday, with 13 Republicans voting with Democrats.

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An identical version of the measure has already been approved in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. "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".

A resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration was passed in the House on February 26 by a vote of 245-182 and with Paul's vote and several other Republican defections, could pass in the Senate.

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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the vote will occur before a recess later this month.

Paul is joined by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) in announcing his intention to vote against the declaration.

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The senator said he understands Trump's frustration in dealing with Congress, but "his only constitutional recourse.is to veto the bill".

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for his "great, great wall" triggered the longest-ever partial US government shutdown in December and January. He's invoking other powers to transfer an additional $3.1 billion to construction. The declaration is also being challenged in the courts.

He made several arguments for his decision, stating no president has "used emergency powers to spend money denied by Congress, and [the statute] was clearly not meant to do that".

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