Former Republicans Against the Border Wall as Well

Would it have been better for President Trump to have initially declared a national emergency instead of going through the process of the wall?

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Total Votes : 51

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In response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to gather funding for his border wall, former GOP lawmakers wrote a letter urging Republican party members to come to a resolution and stop it from going through.

According to Yahoo News, five former Republican Senators and 19 Republican House Representatives signed the letter, writing:

“We who have signed this letter are no longer Members of Congress, but that oath still burns within us. That is why we are coming together to urge those of you who are now charged with upholding the authority of the first branch of government to resist efforts to surrender those powers to a president.”

Whether the letter made a difference is debatable; however, it appears Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will join fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in the vote against the wall. Assuming all 45 Democrats and both independents vote against it, there will be 51 votes. And Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee might join in.

This comes after the resolution passed the chamber, and if the Senate also votes to oppose the national emergency declaration, the president has already stated that he will veto the resolution, which means the Democrats would need two-thirds of the votes in each chamber (House and Senate) to overcome the veto.

While 245 House members voted for the resolution, they would need 290 to override a veto. Democrats currently control 235 seats, while Republicans hold 197, and three are vacant. And in the Senate, they would need 67 votes.

Trump wanted $5.7 billion for his wall, but Congress agreed to finance him just under $1.4 billion, which prompted his reaction. And of the 58 national emergencies since 1976, none have been called after Congress explicitly refused to fund a particular project.

“What will you do when a president of another party uses the precedent you are establishing to impose policies to which you are unalterably opposed?” the former Republican lawmakers wrote in the open letter. “There is no way around this difficulty: what powers are ceded to a president whose policies you support may also be used by presidents whose policies you abhor.

“The power of the purse rests with Congress because it is comprised of 535 representatives of the taxpayer and is the most direct connection between those being governed and those governing. If you allow a president to ignore Congress, it will be not your authority but that of your constituents that is deprived of the protections of true representative government.”

Just a couple of weeks ago, President Trump told reporters before signing the declaration, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.”

It begs the question whether the southern border is in genuine crisis. Is this something those in favor of the wall should consider whole-heartedly before voting?


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Would it have been better for President Trump to have initially declared a national emergency instead of going through the process of the wall?

Totals
31% Yes- action 1st
69% No- show the fight
Males
35% Yes- action 1st
65% No- show the fight
Females
21% Yes- action 1st
79% No- show the fight

Yes- action 1st

No- show the fight


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