Rand Announces Vote Against Trump's Emergency Declaration

  • 2019-03-04
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Rand Announces Vote Against Trump's Emergency Declaration
By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Senator Rand Paul has announced that he will vote against the emergency declaration declared by President Trump.

According to The Daily Wire:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he will vote against President Donald Trump's "national emergency" declaration, rerouting funds from other federal law enforcement priorities to building a waill along the United States-Mexico border. The announcement likely means Trump's border wall plan is dead on arrival in the Senate.

The Bowling Green Daily News first reported that Rand would vote "no" on the national emergency declaration — and "yes" on a resolution to block border wall measure — on Saturday. The senator followed up on the report with a statement indicating that he would oppose the measure over concerns that the declaration usurped Congressional power to appropriate funds.

"I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress." 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 dangerous thing."

“I stand with the president often, and I do so with a loud voice,” the senator continued in an op-ed published late Sunday night on Fox News' website. “Today, I think he’s wrong, not on policy, but in seeking to expand the powers of the presidency beyond their constitutional limits.”

Rand's no vote will likely mean that the attempt to block it will be successful. Trump will likely veto the bill but it remains unclear if enough votes exist to override the president's veto. Especially, in the Senate.

 Source: TTN
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