National Review editorial board calls on GOP senators to vote against Trump emergency declaration

National Review editorial board calls on GOP senators to vote against Trump emergency declaration
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The National Review editorial board is urging GOP senators to vote for a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's emergency declaration to fund a border wall, calling it a necessary move "to stand up for how our constitutional system is supposed to work."

"It’s not going to be easy for Senate Republicans to vote to disapprove of President Trump’s declaration of emergency at the border," the conservative magazine's editors write. "They should do it, nonetheless, on principle and out of institutional self-respect." 

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The editorial goes on to argue that an emergency declaration is a clear way to do an "end run around the congressional spending power," even if it's technically legal. The board also notes that Trump has already said that he didn't need to declare an emergency. 

"[Republican senators] are in an awkward position," the board concedes. "Almost all of them support the president’s policy goal at the border, they just can’t support the means he’s using to get there.

"This is difficult to explain when the partisan divide is so stark and when Trump is portraying the resolution as an up-or-down vote on the wall."

But the editors argue that breaking with Trump is necessary because of the growing trend of Congress ceding its authority to the executive branch. This has consistently happened because lawmakers have been "unwilling to take political responsibility and to protect its own prerogatives," the board writes.

"Congressional Democrats didn’t utter a peep of disapproval when President Obama rewrote immigration law on his own, with not even a whisper of statutory warrant," the board argues, before stating that it is a "worthy" cause to vote against Trump's emergency declaration, even if "politically inconvenient." 

Trump has repeatedly advocated for building a wall along the southern border since his 2016 presidential campaign. He declared a national emergency last month to find funding for a wall after Congress passed a spending bill without the $5.7 billion he had demanded.

But the emergency declaration has faced opposition from Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Thirteen House Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a resolution in the lower chamber blocking the emergency.

Four GOP senators have also said they would break with the party and vote in favor of the resolution. However, neither chamber appears to have enough votes to override a presidential veto.

The Senate appears set to vote on the resolution on Thursday.