Tennessee’s senators split on resolution opposing president’s emergency declaration


Tennessee’s senators split on resolution opposing president’s emergency declaration

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is among the 12 Republican senators who voted yes on a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s declaration of a State of Emergency to fund a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

The vote was 59 to 41 to overturn the declaration.

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who voted no, released the following statement regarding today’s vote on the resolution.

“Since Congress gave emergency powers to the executive branch in 1976 under the National Emergencies Act, presidents from both political parties have declared national emergencies in the United States over situations far less dire than the security and humanitarian crisis that is currently plaguing the southern border. The President and Congress must take swift action to secure our border, protect our citizens, and defend our sovereignty. I support President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and I reject the resolution of disapproval.”

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Sen. Lamar Alexander

According to Blackburn’s office, The National Emergencies Act has been used 17 times by President Bill Clinton, 12 times by President George W. Bush, 13 times by President Barack Obama, and three times by President Trump.

In a post on Twitter, Alexander said the declaration by Trump was unprecedented.

“Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act o 1976 to spend the money anyway,” Alexander wrote.

But the senior senator said he supports the president on border security.

“I have urged him to build the 234 miles of border wall he has asked for in the fastest possible way by using $5.7 billion already approved by Congress. But his declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, barracks and schools is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution that I swore an oath to support and defend.”

 

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