McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration

McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSally The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation McSally knocks Arizona GOP official's call for supporters to stop Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks' Top Arizona GOP official asks supporters to help stop 'gun grabber' Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks' MORE (R-Ariz.) announced Wednesday she will vote against a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 ShanahanDefense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall Why Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary 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 McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE’s (R) seat last year after losing the race to replace former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  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.