"I can't vote to give extraconstitutional powers to the President", Paul said, to the Bowling Green Daily News Saturday. They don't want to break away from Trump on border security but they also worry about precedent it sets, especially when a Democrat takes the White House. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing", Paul added, according to the Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News.
Paul joined 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. Normally a close ally of President Trump, Paul announced that he would support a resolution to end Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. The declaration would allow Trump to bypass Congress and use funds specifically appropriated for military projects to begin wall construction.
In a FoxNews.com opinion piece, Paul says, "I support President Trump". Obama declared national emergencies over the "situation" in Venezuela and Burundi, for example; Trump followed suit with regards to alleged human rights abuses and corruption in Myanmar and Nicaragua.
"I think that really it's a very unsafe thing for people to be voting against border security", Trump said. If every Senate Democrat supports the legislation, the party would need four Republican votes to ensure the resolution passes.
But the House of Representatives voted last week to terminate the national emergency declaration.
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People work on the U.S. - Mexico border wall in El Paso, Texas, on February 12, 2019.
"Congress clearly expressed its will not to spend more than $1.3 billion and to restrict how much of that money could go to barriers".
The Republican senator said he believed "the president's own picks", Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, "may rebuke" the president on his decision to use emergency powers to obtain funding for his long-promised border wall between the USA and Mexico.
"So, we have a legislative branch, Congress, that handles these issues". Overriding that veto would require 290 votes in the House-45 more than the resolution received last month-and 20 Republican votes in the Senate to reach the 67-vote threshold. It puts the Republicans in Congress in bind. Trump will not sign a bill that overturns his own declaration, and he is poised to issue the first veto of his presidency to strike down the measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday that he expects the Senate will vote before March 18.