Senate Republicans will soon hand President Donald Trump an opportunity to issue his first veto, according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as enough GOP lawmakers will support a resolution to block the president’s national emergency declaration for his border wall.
The Wall Street Journal noted that McConnell’s prediction followed Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) announcement that he will vote for the measure, becoming the fourth Republican to support the resolution and clearing the threshold for passage.
McConnell said there are enough votes in the Senate “to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president. Then, in all likelihood, the veto will be upheld in the House.”
Though there are not enough Republican votes to override the president’s veto — a move that requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate — “passage of the measure would be an unusual check on the Republican president from the GOP-controlled Senate,” the Journal noted.
Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to obtain border wall funding did not set well with many Republicans, including McConnell, who said on Monday: “I was one of those hoping the president would not take the national emergency route.”
Along with all 47 Democrats and Paul, Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine will vote for the resolution, and the Journal said other Republicans are expected to join them.
Paul said over the weekend that he “can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” adding, “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.”