Rand Paul says 'at least' 10 GOP senators are ready to vote against Trump's emergency declaration

Rand Paul says 'at least' 10 GOP senators are ready to vote against Trump's emergency declaration
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPelosi names first-ever House whistleblower ombudsman director The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' MORE (Ky.) said Monday that "at least" ten of his fellow GOP senators are prepared to vote for a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE's emergency declaration at the southern border.

“By my count, I’ve had at least 10 people coming up to me saying they will vote to disapprove on this,” Pauls told reporters, referring to GOP colleagues.

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The comments came just days after Paul became the fourth GOP senator to announce he'd vote against Trump's emergency declaration to fund a border wall. Paul's announcement clinched a bipartisan majority in favor of blocking Trump's declaration. 

“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing," Paul said while speaking at the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have also said they would vote for the resolution. 

Trump declared an emergency last month after Congress passed a spending bill without the $5.7 billion he had demanded for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But the executive action has been met with opposition from several Republican lawmakers. 

Thirteen Republican lawmakers joined with House Democrats to vote in favor of a resolution blocking the emergency last week. The upper chamber is set to vote on the measure before the body leaves on March 15 for a weeklong recess.

Trump has vowed to veto any resolution blocking his emergency declaration.

Alexander Bolton contributed to this report.