Mitch McConnell says Senate will block Donald Trump’s emergency declaration; veto likely
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he believes the resolution blocking President Trump’s state of emergency will pass in his chamber.
Despite his belief that the block will succeed, the Kentucky Republican said that he does not think the resolution will stand up against a presidential veto.
“I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood, the veto will be upheld in the House,” Mr. McConnell said, according to The Hill.
The resolution hit the preemptive 51-vote threshold this weekend after Sen. Rand Paul said he would vote for it, following his colleagues Sens. Thom Tillis, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins with the other 47 independent and Democratic senators.
Mr. Trump declared an emergency so that he could shift federal funds and build his U.S.-Mexico border wall after Congress didn’t give him the amount he wanted. He says the wall is needed to thwart drugs and deter illegal immigrants.
Democrats and some Republicans say it’s a power grab that skirts Congress’ constitutional power over the nation’s purse strings.
Valerie Richardson contributed to this story.