GOP Senator Rebukes Colleagues Against Border National Emergency: It’s ‘Definitely’ an Emergency

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As opposition continues to grow amongst Republican lawmakers toward President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on border security, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Miss.) is standing firm that there is “definitely” an emergency at the southern border that needs addressing.

In an effort to secure additional funding for the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the president declared a national emergency but continues to hit bumps in the road as top Democrats called the national emergency unconstitutional and several Republicans distanced themselves from it.

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The Republican senator swiped back at his colleagues, calling for them to back the president’s national emergency despite their worries it creates a legal precedent for future Democrat presidents declaring emergencies over anything.

“Some people don’t understand the situation,” Hawley said on Fox News. “… I mean, there is lots of precedent here.”

“Our own national security on our own border is definitely a national emergency,” he added. “If that isn’t, I don’t know what it.”

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Hawley noted during the Fox News appearance, it is “clear” there is a crisis at the southern border.

“We have a smuggling crisis, we have a humanitarian crisis, we have a drug crisis, we have a law enforcement crisis,” he said. He continued:

“… So it’s a pretty simple question: Is this an emergency or not? Because Congress has said he can declare a national emergency. This clearly is an emergency. That’s why I’ll be voting ‘no’ against the Democrats and ‘yes’ with the president.”

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The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution to block Trump’s national emergency later this week.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday the White House is looking to round up as many Senate GOP votes in support of the president’s emergency, as they are talking “every single day” with the senators, as IJR Red reported.

At the end of February, 13 Republicans joined the Democratic-lead House of Representatives in voting to block Trump’s national emergency, passing the resolution onto the Senate with a 245-182 vote.

Sanders said at the press conference on Monday President Trump is “doing his job” lobbying for Senate Republicans’ support and is “doing what Congress should be doing.”

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Congress passed the National Emergency Act of 1976 and signed into law by POTUS Gerald R.Ford. Also, 10 US Code Section 284 gives the President the authorization to “construct roads and fences and installation of lighting across the international border of the United States . . .” Presidents Carter, Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama have used the emergency declaration numerous times – in other Nations. Trump has used it once bringing the total to 58 with 31 still active.

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