H/T The Hill.
Rand Paul(RINO-KY) is a gutless nutless swamp monster coward that wants open borders.
Paul, speaking at the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner late Saturday, said that he couldn’t “vote to give extra-constitutional powers to the president.”
I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,” he said, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.
A spokesman for Paul didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about his remarks.
Paul would be the crucial fourth Republican senator to support the resolution, marking a setback for the administration that would force Trump to use the first veto of his presidency.
The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution blocking Trump’s emergency declaration before leaving town for a weeklong recess set to begin on March 15.
Supporters of the resolution left Washington last Thursday on the brink of having enough votes to block the declaration and force a Trump veto. With all 47 senators who caucus with Democrats expected to support the resolution, they need to flip four Republicans to clinch the 51 votes needed in the Senate.
GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Lisa Murkowski(Alaska) have already said they will vote for a resolution to block Trump’s emergency declaration, which passed the House last week in a 245-182 vote, with 13 Republicans joining Democrats to support it.
Roughly a dozen other Republican senators remain on the fence about Trump’s emergency declaration, meaning supporters could pick up several additional GOP “yes” votes before the resolution comes to the floor.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is retiring at the end of the current Congress, urged Trump to back down from his emergency declaration, which he warned was creating a “constitutional crisis.” But Alexander declined to say how he would vote on a resolution blocking Trump’s action.
“I will announce how I’m going to vote when I know what we’re going to be voting on,” Alexander told reporters.
“I learned a long time ago in the United States Senate it’s not wise to announce how you’re going to vote on a vote you may never have to take,” he added.
Trump has said he will “100 percent” veto the resolution of disapproval if it reaches his desk. He also appeared to warn Republican senators who are thinking about opposing him, arguing that supporting the resolution would be a “very dangerous thing.”
“I really think that Republicans that vote against border security and the wall, I think you know, I’ve been OK at predicting things, I think they put themselves at great jeopardy,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity last week.
GOP aides predicted that the resolution would likely get a vote next week, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) setting up four nominations on the floor this week.
Trump announced that he would declare a national emergency the day after Congress passed a government funding bill that included $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, well below the $5.7 billion that he requested. He’s hoping to pull together roughly $8 billion for the border wall by combining the emergency declaration, executive actions and the money from Congress.