Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said that he will oppose President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the southern border, as the Senate prepares to vote on a resolution to block it.
“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul said. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,” he said, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.
Paul is the fourth Republican senator to support the resolution, ensuring that that the resolution will pass the Republican controlled Senate. There are 45 Democrats and two Independents – all of whom are expected to also support the resolution. 51 votes are needed for passage.
The other three republican Senators are Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The House last week in a 245-182 vote, with 13 Republicans joining Democrats to support it.