] Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered an ultimatum to President Donald Trump on Thursday: Reconsider your national emergency declaration at the border or face a potential rebellion from the GOP.
The retired Tennessee Republican declined to state whether he will become the Senator for Block the president's maneuver, instead of taking the Senate floor to try and convince Trump that he has other ways to collect $ 5.7 billion for the border wall – the exact amount of money he demanded during The government shutdown fight.
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"He's got enough funding without national emergency, he can build a wall and avoid a dangerous precedent," Alexander told reporters afterwards. "That would change the voting situation if he would have agreed to do that."
Three other Republicans have said they would join the Democrats, voting for resolution to block Trump, and only one more is needed for the Senate to succeed Reject Trump's declaration.
But Alexander strongly refused to become the 51st vote for the disapproved resolution that the Senate is expected to vote in March, deeming it a hypothetical since Trump could withdraw the national emergency declaration or the House-passed resolution. without amendment
Under current law, the House measure will come by mid-March, and Alexander left little doubt that he's just one of a large bloc of Republicans who may defy the president.
Trump's national emergency declaration for border wall financing is "unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the constitution," Alexander told reporters. "And many Republican senators who can speak for themselves share that view."
"We've never had a case where the president has been asking for money, has been denied money by Congress, then used the national emergency powers to spend it anyway, "he added. "This is a dangerous precedent."