It looks like Trump’s desire to get the wall built, “by any means necessary” is going to hit another roadblock.
This time it’s going to come from his party as the leading Republican in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has suggested they’re going to pass a resolution that’s going to try and keep the President from getting his wall built.
It would appear neither the Republicans or the Democrats want the border secure.
McConnell And Other Republicans Don’t Want Emergency Resolution To Stand
To get the wall built President Trump signed an emergency resolution that’d allow the allocation of funds already appropriated to the Department of Homeland Security to the construction of the wall.
McConnell has convinced a majority of Senators to sign the resolution,
He said, “I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House.”
Now, whether or not the vote stands up in both the House and the Senate is one thing, but what McConnell realizes is this resolution may not do anything of real consequence since a Presidential veto could knock the resolution dead.
The Senate will vote on the resolution before they take a recess on March 15th.
It’s unclear if the resolution has the legs needed though, despite McConnell’s confidence.
“The resolution blocking Trump’s emergency declaration appeared to clinch the 51 votes needed to pass the Senate when Sen. Rand Paul announced over the weekend that he would vote for it.
In addition to Paul, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have said they will vote for a resolution of disapproval. Several other GOP senators, including Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), have yet to say how they will vote.”
Why The Emergency Resolution Isn’t the Best Idea
At the end of the day, the Republicans who would vote against the National Emergency declaration said the reason they’re going to vote this way isn’t that they don’t want the border secured… but because they don’t want a Democrat President to abuse the power of the National Emergency Powers Act on any number of contentious issues.
Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders have threatened to use a National Emergency to enact change related to gun violence as well as climate change, and the lives and liberties of the American people would be jeopardized if they used it for such a purpose.
McConnell added that while he was supporting Trump’s emergency declaration, he was “hoping he wouldn’t take that particular path.”
“Yeah I am,” he said, asked if he was concerned about the precedent set for a Democratic president. “That’s one reason I argued obviously without success to the president that he not take this route.”