McConnell believes disapproval vote on national emergency will pass in Senate

Sen. Lamar Alexander has expressed concern about President Trump’s emergency declaration

"Some of us are having a discussion with the White House to see if we can get this done, spend what needs to be done, secure the border, but not actually upset the constitutional order of things", Toomey said Monday morning during an interview with Harrisburg radio host R.J. Harris on WHP 580. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing", he added. Along with Paul, Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in opposing Trump's declaration - a reflection of some resistance within the Republican Party to what some lawmakers see as executive overreach and a challenge of the constitutional separation of powers. But four of them have now announced they will vote with Democrats to block Trump, who is seeking to bypass Congress to unlock funds for construction of a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border that he insists will reduce illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to reporters outside a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2018.

"I think that really it's a very risky thing for people to be voting against border security", Trump said.

During an event in Kentucky over the weekend, Paul explained that he will vote to support a resolution that seeks to overturn Trump's declaration.

But Senator Collins calls the president's move "ill-advised precisely because it attempts to shortcut the process of checks and balances by usurping Congress' authority".

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.

McConnell later also said that he tried to convince Trump to not declare a national emergency, contending that future Democrat presidential administrations might abuse Trump's precedent.

Trump has gone to great lengths in the hope of forcing funding for a U.S./Mexico border wall.

The first choice will be: Can I afford to risk the wrath of Senate leadership by breaking ranks on this vote?

On Saturday night, Paul reportedly praised Trump in his speech to about 200 Kentucky Republicans, the Bowling Green Daily News reported, before turning abruptly to announce his opposition to the president's emergency declaration.

Amash also said he thought Republicans supporting Trump on the issue were abdicating their responsibilities under the constitution. Assuming all Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them vote in favor of the resolution, it would clear the Senate and end up on the president's desk.

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