Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. Senate will pass a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s border emergency declaration.
The president has little support among Republican lawmakers to get things done before the 2020 election cycle starts — a reality made worse with a Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.
A resolution is essentially a statement of Congress representing opinions of the body, and this one shows that the president doesn’t have his party’s support to strengthen border security, at least through this method. The declaration would shift unspent funds from the U.S. Department of Defense to pay for a border wall.
Senator Paul Rand said he agrees with the president on strengthening the border, but not through an emergency declaration.
Every single Republican I know decried President Obama’s use of executive power to legislate. We were right then. But the only way to be an honest officeholder is to stand up for the same principles no matter who is in power. https://t.co/jegHmfxDK1
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 4, 2019
“Every single Republican I know decried President Obama’s use of executive power to legislate,” Sen. Rand wrote. “We were right then. But the only way to be an honest officeholder is to stand up for the same principles no matter who is in power.”
A similar resolution has already passed in the House. If the legislation passes in the Senate and ends up on the president’s desk, he can choose to veto it.
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