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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday said it's likely the Senate will pass a resolution blocking President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration for his border wall.

While speaking at the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner, Paul revealed that he "can't vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president", the Bowling Green Daily News reported.

By doing this, Congress is implicitly arguing that the situation in Burundi, Myanmar, Venezuela, Nicaragua or Ukraine represents a threat to the u.s. worthy of a national emergency - but the security of the United States 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. He joins three other Republicans, Sens.

Democrats argue there is no border emergency and that Trump is overreaching with his declaration given that the Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse strings. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have been trying to persuade Trump to abandon the emergency declaration and draw the money from other budget accounts that he has the power to tap. Even though Republicans have a majority in the Senate, at least four GOP senators have come out against the emergency declaration as well, according to Roll Call. It is unlikely that lawmakers in Congress will be able to override the president's veto.

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"I was one of those hoping the president would not take the national emergency route", McConnell added. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped to build support for the resolution in the week leading up to its introduction in her chamber.

"I would literally lose my political soul if I chose to treat President Trump different than President Obama", he wrote in an op-ed published on March 3.

Trump's demand for $US5.7 billion in funding for his "great, great wall" triggered the longest-ever partial U.S. government shutdown in December and January. The eventual deal included $1.375 billion for physical barriers.

Murkowski said Tuesday she would vote for the resolution, making it clear that the bill will pass the Senate due to support from these Republicans.

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The Republican senator said he believed "the president's own picks", Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, "may rebuke" the president on his decision to use emergency powers to obtain funding for his long-promised border wall between the USA and Mexico.

But the White House is eager to contain further defections from members of Trump's own party on his signature issue of building a wall along the southern border. He says the wall is needed to thwart drugs and deter illegal immigrants. It puts the Republicans in Congress in bind.

The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution before going on break beginning March 15th.

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