Senator Rand Paul has joined fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Thom Tillis (NC) in giving the Democrats the four votes they need in order to pass a congressional resolution to end President Donald Trump’s National Emergency declaration.
Trump issued the National Emergency declaration on the same day, February 15, 2019, he signed the spending bill to keep the government open. Paul’s decision to join his three Republican colleagues and the senate Democrats in opposing Trump’s National Emergency declaration comes after a bi-partisan resolution, H.J. Res 46, passed in the House on a vote of 245-182.
Trump has said he will veto the bill. As things stand, Trump’s national emergency declaration will remain because neither the House or the Senate has the two-thirds votes needed to overturn Trump’s veto.
Republicans had previously warned Trump that the 36-days shutdown plus a national emergency declaration did not work in his favor.
The sight of government workers going to food banks, government workers having to decide between rent or medicine for their children, and the president declaring a national emergency in order to fulfill a campaign promise that he hasn’t been able to keep was just too much for the Republicans to bear. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley scolded Donald Trump
, telling him that he works not for himself but the people of the United States: “There’s a lot of lessons learned. Just like I learned in 1995 when I thought it was a good thing to shut down the government. Government’s a service for people of this country and they can’t be served when government’s not functioning.”
On the day before Trump issued his national emergency declaration, Paul issued a statement
in which he said that Trump’s “intent to declare an emergency to build a wall” didn’t sit right with him because it wasn’t in line with how the legislative and executive branches are suppose to function. “-how we do things matters,” said Paul
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Stephen Colbert that he warned Donald Trump that shutting down the government always ends badly for the president.
Trump didn’t listen to Grassley, Paul, Christie, or any of the other Republicans who tried warning him about the political downside of shutting down the people’s government.
Trump did, however, listen to right wingers Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity who told him he would lose his base if he agreed to a spending bill that did not include funding for the border wall, which Mexico was suppose to pay for.
The end result was an $11 billion cost for the longest government shutdown in the country’s history
Trump, though, isn’t paying any never mind to the $11 billion cost and the fact that over a majority, 60%, of Americans do not support a border wall
because he knows that many congressional Republicans are in districts that he easily won and therefor fear losing if they vote against his central promise to build a border wall that Mexico was suppose to pay for.