Sen Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Healthcare: Medicare Is Worried About All The Centrist Dems New Call for ObamaCare Markets Improvement House Panel Hearing to Reduce Health Costs | CDC Concerns HIV Prevention "Stopped" Moderate Dems revived efforts to stabilize ObamaCare markets. (R-Tenn.) He urged on Thursday President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchumer: Trump "did the right thing" so Kim talked Graham defends Trump after the North Korean summit. to re-examine the national emergency decision to build a United States-Mexico border wall, warning that Trump created a "constitutional crisis".
"I want to make a respectful proposal, and President Trump asks his lawyers to take a look at the existing funding authority that the President has got," Alexander said in a Senate floor speech.
Alexander, who retires at the end of the congress, raised several concerns that Trump decided to declare a national emergency, but did not explicitly say whether he would vote or oppose a decision that would prevent it. Senate vote in the next few weeks.
Several Republicans expressed concern that Alexander noted that Trump could be a precedent for a future Democratic President to jump out of Congress and enforce the policies that Republicans would oppose, including armed violence or climate change.
"There is no limit, the imagination that the next left-wing president could have done to damage our country with this precedent," he said.
Alexander also found Trump's decision contradictory to the government system created by the founding fathers, noting that Congress was responsible for distributing money.
– It's the truth [Antonin] Scalia said [about separation of powers]. "All the tin horn dictators," the truth said. – Today, every dictator of the horn of the world has the right. It doesn't free us. What made us free is our constitution, he said.
After the speech of the journalists, if Trump hadn't voted for the dismissal of the rejection, Alexander grabbed the question. He added that he had given both the White House and the majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Collins Opposes Wheeler to EPA CEO | Feinstein clarifies the Green New Deal opinion Schumer calls McConnell to vote for the business because the Senate confirms Trump's candidate for a key IRS role Schumer: McConnell plans to force the "Green New Deal" vote to "divert". (R-Ky.) A copy of the floor speech in advance.
"I hope that the White House will interpret my message as a reverent request to the President to take another look at the existing power that would allow Republican senators who want to support border security to do so," he said.
Trump announced at the beginning of the month that it would declare a national emergency after Congress, which included $ 1.375 billion in physical barriers along the border – far less than $ 5.7 billion requested by Trump.
Including $ 1.375 billion adopted by Congress, Trump hopes to use a combination of executive actions and emergency statements to draw about $ 8 billion across the border.
In his floor speech, Alexander outlined an alternative way that Trump could receive $ 5.7 billion without announcing a national emergency. The chairman moved an additional $ 1.5 billion from the Pentagon counterattack accounts, which allowed him to build the 234-mile limit he had previously asked for.
"The use of funds already approved by Congress prevents the constitutional crisis from separating powers," Alexander said.
Alexander's speech is that the Senate is expected to vote on a resolution prohibiting Trump's national emergency statement in the next two weeks.
Three GOP Senators – Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Collins to Resist Wheeler EPA Head | Feinstein clarifies Green Green Deal opinion Schumer asks McConnell to vote for "Collins" rejection to vote for Trump EPA, The Hill's Morning Report – Trump's long day: Michael Cohen Kim Jong Un MORE to (Maine) Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis The Hill's Morning Report – Trump's Long Day: Michael Cohen asks Kim Jong Un White House for the Senate GOP in the Emergency Declaration. (N.C.) and Add to MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP Senator: Trump's Emergency Statement Creates a Constitutional Crisis Senators Demonstrate Blocking Trump's Emergency Declaration on Hill's Morning Report – Trump's Day: Michael Cohen to Kim Jong Un MORE (Alaska) – they said they would support the decision. As all Democrats are expected to vote, Democrats in one vote will not be able to prevent Trump's emergency statement and force Trump to use veto.
Many Republicans, including Alexander, have expressed concern about Trump's decision to declare a national emergency and not yet have to say how they will vote.
The House adopted its own resolution to block Trump's statement on Tuesday.