Senate On Verge Of Blocking Trump Emergency Declaration With Latest GOP Defection

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If passed by the House, the resolution will hit the Senate floor to be voted on within 18 days.

In an opinion piece posted Monday by The Washington Post, Tillis argued the declaration would set a precedent that could be used by future presidents to fund policy projects Congress rejects.

President Trump's emergency declaration would redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding; $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's drug interdiction program; and $600 million from the Treasury Department's asset forfeiture fund.

With numerous Republican senators voicing concerns or outright opposition to Trump's national emergency declaration, the disapproval resolution was widely expected to pass the Senate - though probably without securing the two-thirds majority that would be needed for a veto override.

On Friday, Trump said he would veto the measure "100 percent" if that happened. The only other Senate Republican to clearly declare a vote to block the emergency is Susan Collins of ME - who, like Tillis, faces a potentially competitive re-election next year.

"There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there's an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach - that it's acceptable for my party but not thy party", he wrote.




The former officials in the statement said that the president's action is unprecedented, CNN reported.

Tillis says he will vote for the resolution if it comes before the Senate, emphasizing, "As a conservative, I can not endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms".

The statement from the former national security officials comes as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a resolution blocking Trump's declaration. "There's no evidence of an emergency at the border".

Trump declared the national emergency in order to bypass Congress for the funds, a move 16 states say is illegal in a lawsuit California filed last week.

The letter, signed by former intelligence chiefs, senior government officials and Cabinet secretaries, among others, uses forceful wording to clearly define the boundaries of the president's executive powers in this situation.

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