According to The Hill, the White House recently criticized Senate Republicans who plan to vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration to get money for the building of a border wall.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, encouraged Republicans to “do your job” ahead of the vote. "If you had done what you were elected to do on the front end then the president wouldn’t have to fix this problem on his own through a national emergency," Sanders said.
"The president has the absolute authority, in fact he has a duty to call a national emergency to fix the crisis that we have going on at our border," she continued.
Although some Senate Republicans have come out in public supporting Trump’s resolution, many are predicted to side against him, with the Democrats. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who is voting for the resolution, predicts that at least ten Republicans could vote against the emergency declaration. Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.), Todd Young (Ind.), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ron Johnson (Wis.), have all expressed concern about the declaration.
The measure has already passed in the House, but it is unlikely that either chamber of Congress will have the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.
On Wednesday, Sanders called the use of executive authority necessary. She cited data that showed a rise in apprehensions and denials of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. in February.
"If that doesn’t define crisis I don’t know what does, and that’s something that we have to address," she said. "Congress should’ve fixed this problem. That president tried multiple times to get Congress to work with him to address the crisis. They failed to do so, and now the president has to do what is absolutely necessary and what is right and that is to declare a national emergency and fix the crisis at the border."