Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is joining the pack of four other Republican senators who vocalized they will vote in support of the resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.
The White House scurried to find a way to draw Republican senators in favor of the national emergency ahead of the Senate vote, but when plans fell through, Lee became the fifth senator to announce his opposition to it.
“We tried to cut a deal, the president didn’t appear interested,” Lee told The Hill on Wednesday. “I’ll be voting ‘yes.’”
As IJR Red reported, Lee and several other Republican senators are concerned with the legal precedent Trump’s national emergency declaration would set for future Democrat presidents to declare emergencies left and right.
The group of lawmakers then introduced a bill that would require Congress to vote to ensure future emergencies continue after 30 days or else they would be terminated.
When that plan fell through after Trump called Lee on Wednesday saying he would not support the bill, Lee joined the other Senate Republicans who are set to terminate Trump’s emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border to construct a wall.
With the votes of the Senate Republicans who have announced that they will vote for the disapproval resolution — including, Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Paul Ryan (Ky.) — and all of the Senate Democrats expected to vote for it, the measure is expected to pass on Thursday.
However, the president has made it clear he’s ready to use his first veto if it makes it to his desk.
“I am prepared to veto, if necessary,” Trump said on Thursday morning on Twitter.
A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
“We’ll see whether or not I have to do the veto,” President Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “And it will be, I think, all very successful, regardless of how it all works out, but it’s going to be very successful.”