McConnell confirms Senate has votes to disapprove of Trump's emergency declaration

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The Supreme Court, in Washington D.C. Republican Senator Rand Paul said he believed the Supreme Court would likely block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

"I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress", Paul said.

By doing this, Congress is implicitly arguing that the situation in Burundi, Myanmar, Venezuela, Nicaragua or Ukraine represents a threat to the United States worthy of a national emergency - but the security of the U.S. border with Mexico does not. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a risky thing", Paul added, according to the Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News. Rand Paul announced on Saturday that he would join three other Republican senators - Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voting against the declaration. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Thom Tillis (NC).

The disapproval resolution has already passed the Democratic-controlled House and requires a simple majority to pass the GOP-led Senate.

While some Republicans support the action, others have rejected it.

The president, however, told reporters ahead of his Hanoi summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he would "100 percent" veto any disapproval resolution and then warned lawmakers that they would face political consequences for such a vote in an interview with Sean Hannity.

McConnell said he's not happy with Trump deciding to "take this path" by declaring a national emergency. McConnell faces re-election next year and there is concern within the GOP about being forced to choose between Trump and their self-described opposition to executive overreach.

Paul said that he opposed former President Barack Obama's executive orders.

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The resolution blocking Trump's emergency declaration appeared to clinch the 51 votes needed to pass the Senate when Sen.

And if GOP senators don't have anything good to say, Parkinson said, they should "keep their powder dry", according to the two people, who requested anonymity to detail the private discussion.

The Senate vote is expected next week.

What is the significance of Paul's decision?

House Democrats voted unanimously for that resolution, and 13 House Republicans broke with the White House to support it.

Under the declaration, Trump would divert $3.6 billion from military construction to erect more border barriers.

The letter and the announcement are required under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, under which 59 such emergencies have been declared, over 30 of which are still in effect.

Rand became the fourth Republican senator to publicly back the resolution.

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