Republican U.S. senator of Tennessee will vote against president's emergency declaration
United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced Thursday he will vote to disapprove the February 15, 2019, national emergency declaration.
Alexander and Senator Mitt Romney have endorsed a resolution passed by the Democratic-controlled House to block President Donald Trump from using emergency powers to fund his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
That brings to seven the number of Republicans who have announced they will cross President Trump on a vote expected for Thursday afternoon, ensuring the measure will pass.
Romney was the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee and a sometimes critic of Trump; Alexander is among the senior guardians of the Senate as an institution. Lawmakers oppose Trump's action because they see the power of the purse as Congress' prerogative.
Romney said that "this is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core."
Trump has promised to veto the measure and is sure to be sustained by his House GOP allies.
“I support the president on border security," said Alexander.
"I have urged him to build the 234 miles of border wall he has asked for in the fastest possible way by using $5.7 billion already approved by Congress. But his declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, barracks and schools is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution that I swore an oath to support and defend."
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