Rand Paul's to vote against Trump's emergency declaration

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Paul is the fourth GOP senator so to defect from the president's 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.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) announced over the weekend that he will vote against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border, siding with Democrats despite ample evidence of a border crisis.

"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 at Western Kentucky University on Saturday, according to The Bowling Green Daily News.

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The Kentucky senator emphasized that he backs Trump on getting more funding for the wall and that there is a need for better border security, but "I can not support the use of emergency powers... If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing", he added.

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. With all 47 Senate Democrats expected to oppose it as well, four Republican votes would be enough to secure the resolution's passage. The Senate leader said he's anxious that Trump's move would set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to make such a declaration for their own purposes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the vote will occur before a recess later this month.

Trump has previously said that he would veto the measure.

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Trump's demand for $US5.7 billion in funding for his "great, great wall" triggered the longest-ever partial USA government shutdown in December and January.

The Democratic-led House recently voted to upend Trump's declaration, which he declared to circumvent Congress and funnel billions of extra dollars to erecting his proposed border wall. "I think the president can spend what he would like to spend, we can get to the $5.7 billion, without having to invoke the emergency process". Susan Collins (R-ME), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in expressing concern over the Trump's plan, providing "the slim majority Democrats need to send the measure to the president's desk, offering a stinging repudiation of the declaration", according to The New York Times.

"Every single Republican I know decried President Obama's use of executive power to legislate". Ted Cruz, R-Texas. More Republicans may be willing to come out against the emergency declaration now that the balance of votes has already tipped against the president.

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