McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration

McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) announced Wednesday she will vote against a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE’s national emergency declaration after securing reassurances that no funding for Arizona military construction projects will be diverted for the border wall.

“Arizonans know there is a humanitarian and security crisis at the border – drugs are killing and harming loved ones in communities everywhere,” McSally said in a statement. “Now, it’s Congress’ turn to fully fund border security and our men and women in uniform.”

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The Arizona Republican said she was assured in conversations with acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanOvernight Defense: Pentagon lists construction projects at risk from emergency declaration | Officials deny report on leaving 1,000 troops in Syria | Spy budget request nears B Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration Mulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet MORE, Trump and Vice President Pence that Trump's emergency declaration to build the border wall will not impact any military construction projects in Arizona.

“I have spoken with the Acting Secretary of Defense, the President and Vice President to underscore that we must ensure military readiness while also funding border security. As a result, no Arizona military construction projects from Fiscal Year 2019 will be impacted,” she said.

The Senate is poised to pass a resolution this week to block the president’s declaration, with five Republican senators already announcing they will join the body’s 47 Democrats to vote against the legislation. While the resolution is unlikely to get the support needed to override an expected presidential veto, the rebuke will still be embarrassing for Trump.

McSally was appointed to the Senate to fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Trump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE’s (R) seat last year after losing the race to replace former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans' MORE (R) to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D). Sinema’s November win was the first Senate win for an Arizona Democrat since 1988.

McSally is up for reelection in 2020. Her vote on the emergency declaration may strengthen her primary bid by aligning her closely with Trump, but will be more controversial in the general election.