Writing in a Fox News op-ed, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul predicted on Sunday that the Supreme Court will likely strike down President Trump’s emergency declaration, adding that the president’s actions went against “the will of Congress.”
“Without question, the president’s order for more wall money contradicts the will of Congress and will, in all likelihood, be struck down by the Supreme Court,” Paul wrote in the op-ed published on Sunday evening.
“Congress clearly expressed its will not to spend more than $1.3 billion and to restrict how much of that money could go to barriers. Therefore, President Trump’s emergency order is clearly in opposition to the will of Congress,” Paul wrote.
Paul’s op-ed comes after he told Republicans in Kentucky at a dinner on Saturday night that he could not “vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been 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,” Paul writes in the op-ed.
He added that Republicans who were supporting Trump’s emergency declaration after criticizing Obama’s actions “will and should be condemned for hypocrisy.”
Paul’s vote gives supporters of the resolution blocking the emergency declaration their crucial 51st vote needed to send the measure to Trump’s desk, where he’s warned that he will veto it.