These 10 GOP Senators May Vote To Terminate Trump Border Emergency

These 10 GOP Senators May Vote To Terminate Trump Border Emergency

As Congress prepares to pass a resolution to preemptively terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration before he can redirect some $7 billion in military and Treasury Department funding, lawmakers have said that the resolution will likely make it to Trump’s desk, prompting what would be his first veto.

Of course, passing the resolution in the Senate would be impossible without the support of at least a handful of Republicans. And already, several have spoken out to criticize the decision for circumventing Congress, robbing the coffers of the military and setting a dangerous precedent

While it’s possible (likely, even) that the Ninth Circuit Court will do Congress’s work for them by responding to a lawsuit filed by 16 states challenging the declaration and calling for an injunction to stop construction on over 200 miles of Trump’s border barrier, Congress is moving ahead with its plans to vote on the resolution that Democrats are expected to bring to the floor on Friday. While no GOP senators have publicly said they would oppose the order, the Hill has compiled a list of 10 who are uncomfortable in the measure, and might move to oppose it.

Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)

Collins, a top Democratic target in 2020, has warned that the emergency declaration is “of dubious constitutionality” and a “mistake.”
She hasn’t definitively said how she will vote and suggested to reporters Thursday that her decision could swing on how much money Trump plans to redirect through his emergency declaration.

Voting against Trump’s declaration would give her some distance from the president, which could help her politically after she voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Murkowski said last week that the lack of a border wall is not “a matter that should be declared a national emergency.”

She has also said that acting “unilaterally” raises a concern about precedent.

“We don’t know who our next president may be, but it may be a president whose No. 1 priority is dealing with climate change, who says ‘I don’t care whether I have the support of the Congress,'” she said in a CBS interview. “Or a president who may say ‘I believe that gun violence in this country is the most pressing issue and I don’t care whether the Congress supports me or not.'”

She has also voiced anxiety about how the action could erode congressional authority.

Sen. Thom Tillis (NC)

Tillis is another Democratic target in 2020, though his state has voted for the GOP candidate for president in the past two cycles.
He has generally been a strong ally of Trump’s, but he may want to demonstrate independence.

Tillis, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, worries that Trump’s plan to take money from military construction projects for the wall could undermine defense readiness.

He warned in a statement that “it wouldn’t provide enough funding to adequately secure our borders” and “would create a new precedent that a left-wing president would undoubtedly utilize to implement their radical policy agenda while bypassing the authority of Congress.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)

Alexander, an institutionalist and student of history, is attuned to the constitutional and separation of powers questions raised by Trump’s action.

He’s also retiring, which gives him the freedom to vote his conscience.

Alexander was one of six Republicans who voted last month for a Democratic measure to reopen the federal government without additional funding for the border wall.

On Friday, he called Trump’s action “unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the Constitution,” warning it could set the precedent for a president to declare an emergency to tear down border barriers or close coal plants.

Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.)

Gardner, like Collins, faces reelection next year in a state won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In a statement, he said Congress is “most appropriately situated to fund border security,” but he hasn’t said how he’d vote on a disapproval resolution.

He is facing pressure from within his state, one of 16 that have filed a  lawsuit against Trump’s action. Nearly 100 people gathered outside Gardner’s Fort Collins office Monday to protest Trump’s announcement.

Gardner says he is “currently reviewing the authorities the administration is using.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)

Rubio, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 GOP primary, says he will review the administration’s arguments on its statutory and constitutional powers.

“I am skeptical it will be something I can support,” he has said, noting the precedent it could set.

He warned Monday of its implications for military projects.

“Just as a matter of policy, our military construction budget is already behind schedule compared to where we need to be for some of our facilities around this country, so I think it’s a bad idea,” he said.

Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah)

Romney, one of six Republicans to vote to reopen the government without additional wall funding, last week said he wanted to see what “legislative authority he might cite” before rendering a decision on an emergency declaration.

The Utah senator has harshly criticized Trump, and his national stature as a past GOP presidential nominee has set him up as a rival leader within the party to Trump.

He predicted last month there was a “good chance” Trump would declare an emergency and warned it would set a bad precedent. “We Republicans will be concerned that this kind of approach could be used by perhaps a Democrat president in the future,” he told KSL Newsradio’s “Dave and Dujanovic.”

Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)

Lee said in a tweet Friday that “Congress has been ceding far too much power to the exec. Branch for decades. We should use this moment as an opportunity to start taking that power back.”

A spokesman said Lee is undecided on how to vote on any resolution that comes to the Senate floor.

Lee has been a leading advocate for giving Congress more say over Trump’s authority to use military force.

In December, he was one of seven Republicans who voted for a resolution to end U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war. He co-wrote the resolution with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.)

Moran has quietly emerged as an independent-minded lawmaker who’s willing to buck Trump on big votes.

He also voted with Lee and Collins in December to rein in Trump’s war-making authority, sending a message to Saudi Arabia after the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Moran argues that Trump’s decision could embolden future presidents to circumvent Congress.

“I’m worried that if it gets used this time, what’s the next instance in which it becomes used?” he said last week.

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)

Paul has emerged as a confidant of Trump’s, but he has also styled himself a constitutionalist throughout his Senate career and regularly bucks his party’s leadership on votes that strike at his core principles.

Paul has warned against circumventing Congress’s power of the purse.

On Thursday, he said he was “disappointed” with the president’s “intention to declare an emergency to build the wall.”

While Paul supports stronger border security, he said “extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them.”

And Paul hasn’t been shy about bucking Trump on other high-profile questions, as shown through his attempt to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

He voted with Lee, Collins and Moran in December to curb the president’s war powers and regularly defends the independence of the separate branches of government.

Assuming no Democratic Senators vote with Republicans, the Dems would need four GOP senators to break ranks and vote to support the resolution to send it on to Trump’s desk (that’s assuming that both of the chamber’s independents who caucus with the Dems support the resolution).

via zerohedge

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  • george3
    February 21, 2019, 1:03 pm

    these 10 people , GOP, who vote against the wall, let’s remember them at election time , maybe we don’t want them to represent us.

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    • Philip Chapman@george3
      February 21, 2019, 4:13 pm

      good advise need to clean out the ones who won’t protect americans

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      • Brenda Pfaff@Philip Chapman
        February 21, 2019, 5:39 pm

        We should flood their offices with emails, letters and phone calls telling them to support Our President or say good-bye to their positions. Why can’t the GOP stick together like the Dems? Poor judgement.

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      • linda@Philip Chapman
        February 21, 2019, 5:58 pm

        INDEED! WE DO NOT! WANT THEM! It is no wonder that our country is in such a mess! AIRHEAD LEADERS that do not have a clue/can not even realize-recognize the SURMOUNTED threats upon us, if we do not secure our borders.THIS- IS- PRIORITY. NOTHING ELSE will matter if our country – fails to secure, or borders,because OUR COUNTRY IS under attack! I believe that the leadership of our country has been infected by those who intend to tear it apart and take it down.What ever they leave us, to swim within, THEY, have millions,and are financially able to go where they can get away from it all.WE WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY- MUST FIGHT FO IT-OR LOSE IT.WE MUST put the UNFIT ELECTED LEADERS- out of office.We have to be prepared to counteract- THE, -HOW , as to the ways they are being elected. TRULY- ANYONE with any brains would not elect such THREATS TO OUR COUNTRY’S LEADERSHIP! We need to step up our fight and not let our country down.If it goes down, so do we. Migrants who enter,ILLEGALLY, ARE, Illegals! ALL FUNDING to ANY AND ALL of them- CUT IT OUT! STOP FUNDING CRIMINALS! STOP ELECTING SUPPORTERS OF SUCH PEOPLE! President Trump is fighting to make America great ,again, and we are fortunate to have one who finally -CARES about us and our country. STAND UP AMERICA! STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP! TAKE NOTE OF ALL WHO ARE STEPPING FORTH TO STOP THE WALL THAT WE NEED! PUT THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE, AND, OUT OF ANY POSITION OF POWER! STAND UP -SPEAK OUT- AND VOTE’EM OUT! DESTROY THE DESTROYERS BEFORE THEY DESTROY- OUR COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TRUE AMERICANS
        CAN AND WILL, TAKE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD!

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      • Antonio@Philip Chapman
        February 22, 2019, 7:05 am

        If you are Americans love your Country first before other countries. Worry about the hungry,
        begging Homeless Americans first before the Caravans, Illegal Aliens. Tell their Presidents to
        take care of their Citizens/Peoples so as to avoid the danger risk of traveling and crossing the
        Border. Protect your Country first for SECURITY before other countries. Build the Wall is the
        best Technology. No Caravans No Crisis.

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    • C.@george3
      February 21, 2019, 4:16 pm

      AMEN to that. They should have the safty of the AMERICAN people in mind first and for most. Go Trump. The voting poles will prove him right again.

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    • Phil F@george3
      February 21, 2019, 4:19 pm

      These 10 with usual suspects Murkowski and Collins and now the RINO Romney haven’t addressed the issue whether there’s a national security emergency at the southern border. They’re just expressing their anti-Trump bias and they can’t admit we have a national emergency at the border where, criminals, rapists, drug runners, human trafficers, people with contagious diseases and all uneducated. They should be standing with the President, not opposing him. I don’t think I can support the GOP anymore if they side with the democrats on the President’s Emergency Declaration.

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      • linda@Phil F
        February 21, 2019, 6:03 pm

        President Trump will need to form a Independent Party.I agree with you, we can not support GOP if they have NO GUTS and can not be depended on, to have our backs or that of our country!

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    • ROWDY@george3
      February 21, 2019, 5:19 pm

      Make dam sure that we do not allow a democrap to steal the seat. We need to find solid republicans to challenge them in a primary run off, then elect the new solid conservative that will back President Trump.

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    • linda@george3
      February 21, 2019, 5:53 pm

      INDEED! WE DO NOT! WANT THEM! It is no wonder that our country is in such a mess! AIRHEAD LEADERS that do not have a clue/can not even realize-recognize the SURMOUNTED threats upon us, if we do not secure our borders.THIS- IS- PRIORITY. NOTHING ELSE will matter if our country – fails to secure, or borders,because OUR COUNTRY IS under attack! I believe that the leadership of our country has been infected by those who intend to tear it apart and take it down.What ever they leave us, to swim within, THEY, have millions,and are financially able to go where they can get away from it all.WE WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY- MUST FIGHT FO IT-OR LOSE IT.WE MUST put the UNFIT ELECTED LEADERS- out of office.We have to be prepared to counteract- THE, -HOW , as to the ways they are being elected. TRULY- ANYONE with any brains would not elect such THREATS TO OUR COUNTRY’S LEADERSHIP! We need to step up our fight and not let our country down.If it goes down, so do we. Migrants who enter,ILLEGALLY, ARE, Illegals! ALL FUNDING to ANY AND ALL of them- CUT IT OUT! STOP FUNDING CRIMINALS! STOP ELECTING SUPPORTERS OF SUCH PEOPLE! President Trump is fighting to make America great ,again, and we are fortunate to have one who finally -CARES about us and our country. STAND UP AMERICA! STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP! TAKE NOTE OF ALL WHO ARE STEPPING FORTH TO STOP THE WALL THAT WE NEED! PUT THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE, AND, OUT OF ANY POSITION OF POWER! STAND UP -SPEAK OUT- AND VOTE’EM OUT! DESTROY THE DESTROYERS BEFORE THEY DESTROY- OUR COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TRUE AMERICANS
      CAN AND WILL, TAKE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD!

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      • john@linda
        February 21, 2019, 9:21 pm

        THEY HAVE A CLUE, BUT THEY ARE MAKING MONEY OFF ILLEGALS.

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    • bruce wickstrom@george3
      February 21, 2019, 6:23 pm

      Great idea, lets end their leftist swing and send them back home. Everyone who is right wing or left knew that Romney only ran to give President Trump difficulties with anything that would benefit America. Disgusting group of traitors. RVN 68-69 MAGA

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    • john@george3
      February 21, 2019, 9:18 pm

      note that the 16 states listed only have 2 that would be affected by illegals, Calif. and NM. California already has a very weak fence at their southern border that would have allowed the last caravan to enter our country had the military not been there. NM has a newly elected democrat governor. Where are the 2 states that would be most affected by illegals? Note that Az and Tex. do not appear on this list

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  • David Lost
    February 21, 2019, 1:15 pm

    To late been done robbing social security for many years

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  • Ron
    February 21, 2019, 1:39 pm

    If Congress, and particularly many of the weak, feckless Republicans in Congress had done their job, this wouldn’t have been necessary, but Trunp is right, there is a national emergency at our border. As for a potential Democrat President trying to exceed their executive authority…that’s why we have a constitution & a bill of rights.

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    • Donl Longo@Ron
      February 21, 2019, 4:14 pm

      If they vote it out, Vote them out next Election.

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      • linda@Donl Longo
        February 21, 2019, 6:07 pm

        YES! We need to let them hear our voice.What network will send our message? Anyone know? I fo one am tired of this -STALLING! BUILD THE WALL!

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  • pete
    February 21, 2019, 1:40 pm

    Time to retire the 10 GOP Rinos asap! If they can’t get behind their own President, then they are worthless!

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    • Rodger Shull@pete
      February 21, 2019, 2:07 pm

      I ABSOLUTELY AGREE 100 and 50% , 10 NO VOTE,S from me when they run for re-election.

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      • Henry D Messer@Rodger Shull
        February 21, 2019, 2:20 pm

        These are the least intelligent members of the GOP. They need to re register as Independents or Demos. They can’t see past their own wants and needs. Not only is drugs and number of illegal immigrants a crisis, but the amount of money we spend on them for education, health and welfare is figured into our budget deficit. Also the number one reason is the amount of money they send home weekly. This takes out of our economy when you figure the amount our money turns over. Also with most of them not wanting to assimilate into our country this is changing our culture.

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    • marilee@pete
      February 21, 2019, 3:45 pm

      I agree 100% —-get rid of all (10) when they are up for re-election!!! IF YOU CANNOT SUPPORT YOUR PARTY AND PRESIDENT GET THE HELL OUT OF BEING IN THAT PARTY!!!!

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    • linda@pete
      February 21, 2019, 6:17 pm

      EXACTLY! I am FAR PAST TIRED of their WORTHLESSNESS, AND- THAT THEY ARE DRAWING A SALARY AND BENEFITS!, WE ARE PAYING THEM FOR TAKING OUR COUNTRY TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE! WE had better pay attention to WHERE this leaves us!Those with children, come home and find your child being used as a sex pass around, by illegals! It is FACT- as to the crimes that illegals are committing! OUR LIVES ARE AT RISK! The elected reps who do not back President, then, back the fall of our country.THEY would never be able to guide it to GREAT, AGAIN. LOSERS these electeds will prove to be,when they do not back President Trump. WE MUST PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE INTO OFFICE!, AND KEEP PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN- TO LEAD US!

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  • Sherry Clark
    February 21, 2019, 1:48 pm

    Sick,tired and disgusted of our President being accused abused and dishonored. There should be charges against this type of actions.

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