Paul likely to cast final needed vote to cancel Trump's emergency declaration

Sen. Lamar Alexander has expressed concern about President Trump’s emergency declaration

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says the White House can find the $5.7 billion the president is seeking for construction along the southern border without shifting money that would require a national emergency declaration.

At a GOP dinner this past weekend in Kentucky, Paul said: "I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress".

"We have too many smart people that want border security, so I can't imagine if it survives a veto, but I will veto it", Trump said. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing".

An identical version of the measure has already been approved in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Because Republicans only have 53 seats in the Senate, Pauls vote likely means that the bill to prevent President Trump from moving forward with the national emergency will pass the Senate.

Trump has argued numerous times the situation at the border constitutes a crisis and that a wall is critical to deterring illegal drugs and criminal gangs from coming into this country. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that he planned a vote on the measure within three weeks. But then he could veto the legislation, and it's unlikely that his opponents could muster the two-thirds super-majority in the House and Senate that would be needed to override his veto. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) in announcing his intention to vote against the declaration.

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So far, four GOP senators have publicly announced they would side with Democrats on the vote.

"They're gonna do that anyway, folks", Trump said. "I disagree. Not only are the issues similar, but I think Youngstown Steel implications are even more profound in the case of emergency appropriations", Paul wrote.

The letter and the announcement are required under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, under which 59 such emergencies have been declared, over 30 of which are still in effect.

Trump made the declaration in February to free up billions of dollars in funding for border wall construction, after Congress allocated just a fraction of what he had asked for.

Trump himself has warned about negative political consequences for senators who go against him, telling Sean Hannity of Fox News last week: "I really think that Republicans that vote against border security and the wall, I think you know, I've been okay at predicting things, I think they put themselves at great jeopardy". "So the president has the authority to do it", Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy said.

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