McConnell: Enough Senate votes to reject Trump's wall move

McConnell: Enough Senate votes to reject Trump's wall move

President Donald Trump, right, acknowledges US Senator Rand Paul, left, prior to signing H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump has gone to great lengths in the hope of forcing funding for a U.S./Mexico border wall. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing".

Paul joins fellow Republican Sens.

Besides Paul, other Republican senators who have announced they'll defy Trump on the issue are Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Fifty-three senators caucus with Republicans and 47 with Democrats, meaning that four Republican defections are enough to ensure passage. "Once he chose to do that, I said I would support it, but I was hoping he wouldn't take that particular path".

Several other Republicans, while stopping short of announcing they would vote against Mr Trump, have expressed deep concerns about his move, arguing it is a blatant attempt to expand executive authority. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, leading to widespread expectations that the disapproval resolution will easily pass the Senate. If it passes the Senate, the resolution will go to the president, who has promised to veto it.

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Asked about Paul's decision, his spokesman Sergio Gor said it "speaks for itself" and declined to elaborate further.

Each chamber would then need to deliver two-thirds majorities to override Mr Trump's veto - an exceedingly high hurdle.

The Democrats say there is no existing crisis that would justify such emergency powers allowing Trump to use various government accounts to pay for a wall along the border even though Congress denied him those funds. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., also suggested that the president could use existing funding sources that don't require a national emergency.

It came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted that the resolution to overturn Trump's emergency declaration would pass in the Republican-led Senate - but ultimately not survive a veto. Hazard my committee standings and show vote opportunities just to temporarily beat back a piece of executive overreach that most of my voters likely support?

"As a conservative, I can not endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms", Tillis wrote.

"Having said that, it's important to me that when funds are spent, that they be spent in a constitutional fashion, consistent with the congressional responsibility for that", Toomey said.