NEW: Senator Rand Paul Vows to Block National Emergency Declaration – Forcing Trump Veto
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Saturday that he will vote to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration which means the President will be forced to use his veto power.
This will be President Trump’s first veto.
“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. 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 dangerous thing.”
Rand Paul’s vote to block Trump’s national emergency will push the vote over the threshold needed for President Trump to use his veto power.
Recall, RINO Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski said last week that she will vote with Democrats to support a resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure border wall funding.
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Thom Tillis (NC) will also vote with the Democrats to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
47 Democrat Senators, including two Independent Senators who caucus with Dems, plus 4 Republican Senators voting to block the national emergency declaration would mean the President will have to use his veto power.
The resolution passed the Democrat-controlled House Tuesday afternoon.
President Trump recently declared a national emergency citing cartel violence, human trafficking and drug trafficking to access funds to build the border wall.
House Democrats immediately got to work to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee announced it launched an investigation into President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency is completely lawful. If Congress has a problem with the President declaring national emergencies, they should change the existing laws.
Sixteen states led by California also sued the Trump administration last Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to secure funding for the border wall.
“I can’t vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president.” Rand Paul told the crowd.
This will be President Trump’s first veto — in contrast, Obama used his veto power 10 months into his first term.