Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) took heat when he voted against the resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, but he’s doubling down on why Trump is “absolutely right” to declare it.
The Republican senator, who isn’t usually a pro-Trump senator, voted with the president on the resolution, previously explaining that his decision was because “we have an obvious crisis at the border,” as IJR Red reported.
“I think that law is overly broad and I want to fix it, but at present Nancy Pelosi doesn’t, so I am therefore voting against her politically motivated resolution,” Sasse said on Thursday.
Sasse told Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” late Monday the president has the “absolutely right” to declare his emergency declaration to address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and build the physical barrier.
Trump’s border emergency would redirect funds from other areas in order to construct physical barriers after he received $1.37 billion — short of his desired $5.7 billion — in a deal to end the longest shutdown in history.
“I think there are three different issues here,” Sasse said. He continued:
“The first is, do we objectively have a crisis at the border? And, we do … Second, does the president have the authority to declare a crisis in this kind of circumstance? … I think the president does have that authority. That is a different question than whether or not that’s a good law.”
Sasse explained the “unbelievably broad law” of the 1976 National Emergencies Act must be fixed, but it should be done in a way to apply to all future presidents, not only Trump and his current border emergency declaration.
“We should distinguish a lot more between campaigning and governance,” Sasse said. “And at the level of governance, we ought to be dealing with the crisis at the southern border, which is real, and we ought to be reforming the National Emergencies Act, which gives too much power to presidents, going forward.”
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"do we objectively have a crisis at the border? We do." Sasse admits Trump has authority under emergency act to get funds for wall. Blames Congress for bad law. pic.twitter.com/lJC1kE4Yio
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 18, 2019
As the emergency-blocking resolution passed through the Senate with 12 Republicans joining Democrats in voting for it, President Trump made the first veto of his presidency as he said on Friday the “protection of the nation is my highest duty” and he has “the duty to veto” the measure.