For whatever reason, Republicans on Capitol Hill are not backing their man in the White House who has not only pledged to Make America Great Again but who is backing his words with actions. In the last week, as the Democrats and a handful of turncoat House members of the GOP voted to condemn the National Emergency at the Southern Border declared by President Donald Trump, a handful of Republican Senators have now decided to vote against the president’s declaration. The latest is Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul told a home-state audience at Western Kentucky University’s Augenstein Alumni Center on May 2. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,” he said, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.
Paul is the fifth GOP Senator who says he will oppose Trump’s emergency declaration. His vote will allow Democrats to get a resolution against emergency spending through the Senate with a vote or two to spare.
That is if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell actually brings such a vote to the floor of the Senate. Ultimately, the entire exercise is a futile one that is really all about posturing, not policy or following constituent wishes as the President, who is more popular than Congress at this point by a large margin, has within his purview – thanks to Congressional action decades ago – the privilege of reappropriating money as he sees fit.
Which is where the tens of billions of dollars designated for a border wall put in spending bills under previous presidents ended up.
We the People want the border wall or barrier to be built. We are tired of the promises made and not kept. President Trump is keeping his promise.
It would be a good idea for GOP “lawmakers” to do the same.