Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) distanced himself from his Republican colleagues, as he became the sole Republican to co-sponsor the Democratic-led resolution in an effort to block the president’s national emergency, and he’s explaining why.
The announcement came Thursday that Amash co-sponsored the House resolution to stop the national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump, joining about 226 House lawmakers, as IJR Red reported.
Explaining his decision on Saturday, the Republican representative called out fellow Republicans for their apparent double standard.
“The same congressional Republicans who joined me in blasting Pres. Obama’s executive overreach now cry out for a king to usurp legislative powers,” he tweeted. “If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it.”
The same congressional Republicans who joined me in blasting Pres. Obama’s executive overreach now cry out for a king to usurp legislative powers. If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 23, 2019
Amash’s action to co-sponsor the resolution came shortly before the president made it clear he wouldn’t allow it to pass. Trump vowed “100 percent” to veto the resolution.
“I don’t think it survives a veto,” he told reporters Friday.
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President Trump on resolution blocking his national emergency: "Will I veto it? 100%. 100%. And I don't think it survives a veto. We have too many smart people that want border security so I can't imagine it could survive a veto. But I will veto it. Yes." https://t.co/u44qQ6cAI5 pic.twitter.com/wMMF6rY3wr
— The Hill (@thehill) February 23, 2019
The president declared the national emergency after he received $1.375 billion in border security funding, far off from his proposed $5.7 billion, to construct a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
However, top Democrats blasted his move as unconstitutional even after backing Obama-era national emergencies related to immigration, and the Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote on the resolution on Tuesday.