Senate Republicans Just Bulldozed Trump’s National Emergency Call: ‘We Should Be Opposing This Strongly’
Donald Trump’s call for a national emergency to get his wall built may have just hit a giant bump in the road. Many Senate Republicans have come out and opposed the president’s declaration and may be siding with Democrats on voting against it.
“He is usurping congressional authority,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the New York Times. “If the president can reallocate for his purposes billions of dollars in federal funding that Congress has approved for specific purposes and have been signed into law, that has the potential to render the appropriations process meaningless.”
The Times also notes that “several” other Republicans have privately backed Collins’ rebuke of Trump’s national emergency declaration. This means that the GOP-lead Senate could vote to disapprove Trump’s declaration.
Democrats just need four Republicans on their side to stop Trump from abusing his executive powers. According to the Times, at least 10 potential Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s declaration.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he worried about the precedent such a declaration, with its circumventing of Congress, would set.
“It is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution because, after the American Revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the power to tax the people and spend their money any way he chooses,” Alexander told the Times.
As Sen. Collins sees it, challenging Trump’s declaration is “a fundamental constitutional responsibility of Congress.”
“We should be opposing this strongly,” the Maine Republican said.