Senator Susan Collins recently spoke out against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, becoming the first Republican senator to officially say that she would support a bill to block the transfer of funds.
Collins spoke to reporters on Wednesday, saying the declaration has “dubious constitutionality.” However, the lawmaker said that the bill would have to be solely for blocking the resolution if Democrats wanted her to vote for it.
“If it’s a ‘clean’ disapproval resolution, I will support it,” said Collins.
This is not the first time that Collins has spoken out against the declaration. She also had an interview on Tuesday that slammed the transfer of funds to build the border wall, saying that was not the law’s purpose.
“I am strongly opposed to the president invoking his national emergency powers. I don’t believe that’s what the law was intended to cover,” Collins said in an interview with a Maine TV station.
She also came out in support of the lawsuit brought against the president by 16 states, saying she would not be shocked if the courts ruled against him.
“I would not be at all surprised if the courts find that the president’s action is contrary to the separation of powers,” Collins said. “I don’t think under the Constitution that he can unilaterally decide to move these funds, which were legally appropriated, from one project to another.”
The senator is standing strong in her criticism of the declaration and her concerns that the law is not being used in the correct way.
“I continue to believe that this is not what the National Emergencies Act was intended to be used for.”
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As IJR previously reported, other lawmakers are extremely supportive of the declaration, such as Senator Mark Meadows, who claimed that Congress already had a chance to block it by adding a provision in the funding bill.
If a bill to block the declaration is presented to the Senate, it will need four Republican votes to move forward to the president’s desk.