Senate Republicans Consider Blocking Trump’s Proposed Emergency Declaration
President Donald Trump has hit a proverbial wall in his search for a very real wall across the southern U.S. border, and he is now in deep consideration about taking an extraordinary step towards getting what he wants: A declaration of national emergency which would free up Pentagon funds to go towards building the barrier. Such a move would eliminate the need for Congress to actually step up and protect the border – a need that will almost certainly go unfulfilled as long as Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats control the House. But according to a new article from Politico, Trump is facing stiff resistance from within his own party about making such a move.
You can probably guess which GOP senators are thinking about joining the Democrats in a move to block and/or formally disapprove of the declaration.
“I can’t say for certain about what I would do. But I in general am opposed [to an emergency declaration],” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “Taken to an extreme it would rend the appropriations process meaningless and it also is in my judgment of dubious constitutionality.”
“My strong preference would be to follow the legislative process to secure the border in the normal [way],” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).
Romney told Politico that he “will be studying” the possibility of blocking President Trump from moving forward with this course of action.
It’s unclear at this point if President Trump really does want to go in this direction; his strong preference, of course, is in doing things “the normal way,” as Romney put it. But with obstructionist Democrats refusing to budge an inch off their dead-set stance against the wall, he may be left with only two options: Declaring an emergency…or giving in to Pelosi and signing a spending bill with no money (and no further hope) of fulfilling his signature campaign promise. We can’t see him walking away from that promise entirely – it would be disastrous for his reelection efforts.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has grown to become one of the president’s strongest allies in Congress, said this week that Republicans should think very carefully about whether or not they really want to oppose Trump on this issue.
“To every Republican, if you don’t stand behind this president, we’re not going to stand behind you, when it comes to the wall,” Graham said in Greenville, S.C. “This is the defining moment of his presidency. It’s not just about a wall, it’s about him being treated different than every other president. This is about more than a barrier. This is about us as a party.”
Exactly. There are far too many Republicans on Capitol Hill who still don’t seem to understand that there has been a fundamental shift in conservative politics. They’re still running the old playbook, which seems designed to get along with Democrats, fall on the sword more often than not, and promise the base that “we’ll get ‘em next time.” Americans are sick of it. We’re ready for results. It’s time to stand up for what’s right.