GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander to vote against Trump on emergency declaration

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander to vote against Trump on emergency declaration
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Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Liberal group urges Senate panel to vote against Scalia as Labor secretary Suburban anxiety drives GOP on guns MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Thursday that he would vote for 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 emergency declaration.

Alexander, asked how he would vote after a floor speech criticizing Trump, said he would vote for the resolution of disapproval that is coming up for a vote later Thursday.

Alexander has voiced concerns for weeks about Trump's actions, but remained tightlipped as recently as earlier Thursday about how he would vote. He reiterated his concerns during a floor speech shortly before he confirmed to reporters that he would vote for the resolution of disapproval.

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"The president's emergency declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, for basics and for schools … is inconsistent with the United States Constitution that I took an oath to support and defend," Alexander said from the Senate floor.

Alexander is the seventh Republican senator to announce they would vote for the resolution of disapproval, which Trump is pledging to veto.

“This declaration is a dangerous precedent. Already, Democrat presidential candidates are saying they would declare emergencies to tear down the existing border wall, take away guns, stop oil exports, shut down offshore drilling and other left-wing enterprises — all without the approval of Congress," he said.

Alexander, an institutionalist viewed as a member of the GOP governing wing, is retiring at the end of the current Congress, giving him the freedom to vote against Trump without having to worry about political blowback.

He is the second GOP senator to come out in support of blocking Trump's emergency declaration on Tuesday.

In addition to Alexander, GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeExclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Overnight Defense: GOP grumbles after Trump delays military projects for wall | House panel hints at subpoena for Afghanistan envoy | Kabul bombing raises doubts about Taliban talks MORE (Utah), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Overnight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year MORE (Alaska), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals' Liz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (Ky.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration MORE (Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration Tillis places big ad buy as he faces wealthy GOP challenger MORE (N.C.) have said they will support the resolution of disapproval.

The Senate is expected to pass the resolution of disapproval later Thursday, sparking the first veto showdown with Trump, who is adamantly opposed to the resolution.

Trump made a series of eleventh-hour pleas to Republicans to vote against the resolution of disapproval, ranging from being open to amending emergency powers in the future to warning they were siding with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.).

"Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress," Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning.

He pivoted in a subsequent post, adding: "A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!"