Senator Rand Paul is expected to vote for a resolution halting the president’s national emergency declaration to secure funding for border wall construction.
Senator Paul made the remarks over the weekend saying he could not support President Trump’s decision because the border wall funding was not appropriated by Congress.
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
He went on to suggest checks and balances within government are important and believes supporting President Trump’s decision is giving him extra-constitutional powers.
Paul’s remarks come just days after the lower chamber advanced the resolution in a 245 to 182 vote.
Three GOP lawmakers have already said they would vote in favor of the measure, including Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
President Trump declared a national emergency last month to secure funding for border wall construction.
The president will now have access to around $8 billion to build a barrier at the southern border.
The upper chamber is set to vote on the resolution blocking the declaration before the next recess March 15.
I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security. Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country – and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats “trap” of Open Borders and Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019
President Trump has clarified if the resolution reaches his desk after passing the upper chamber, he will use the first veto of his presidency.