Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure the U.S. southern border.
Sen. Romney insists that his vote against Trump’s declaration, which is argues usurps the president’s constitutional limits, is not a vote “against border security.”
“This is a vote for the Constitution. For the Executive Branch to override a law passed by Congress would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing power,” he declared. “This is not a vote against border security. In fact, I agree a physical barrier is urgently needed to help ease the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and the administration already has $4.5 billion available existing authority to fund a barrier even without an emergency declaration.”
“I am seriously concerned that overreach by the Executive Branch is an invitation to further expansion and future presidents. We experience a similar erosion of congressional authority with President Obama’s unilateral immigration orders – which I strenuously opposed. In the case before us now, where Congress has enacted specific policy, to consent to an emergency declaration would be both inconsistent with my beliefs and contrary to my oath to defend the constitution.
Joined by other five GOP senators, Romney issues a state explaining he will support legislation that would nullify Trump’s national emergency declaration.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who sponsored the Senate bill with Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), plus Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Tom Tillis (R-NC), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have all said that they will vote for the resolution to end the national emergency, jeopardizing national security with an open border.
The resolution, which President Trump has warned he will veto, was passed by the House in February and the Senate will vote on the measure Thursday. Thirteen House Republicans also voted with Democrats in February to end Trump’s national emergency.
Collins and Paul argue Trump’s national emergency overreaches on Congress’ authority to spend money and compare Trump’s executive overreach just like she did with Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal alien amnesty program.
President Trump said he found it “hard to believe” that any Republican would vote against his efforts to secure the border.