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.
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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Staunch Trump defender @HawleyMO calls out fellow Republicans who don't support funding the wall.
"Some people don't understand the situation," Hawley said. "I mean, there is lots of precedent here. Our own national security on our own border is definitely an emergency." pic.twitter.com/5LuRO3ekL4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 12, 2019
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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— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 12, 2019
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.”