Tillis flips, votes no on measure opposing Trump's emergency declaration

Tillis flips, votes no on measure opposing Trump's emergency declaration
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Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisLawmakers call for investigation after census hired registered sex offender Dem Senate campaign arm hits GOP lawmakers over Trump tax law Graham encourages Donald Trump Jr. to plead the Fifth MORE (R-N.C.), who is up for reelection in 2020 and is coming under pressure from conservative critics in North Carolina, has changed his mind on voting for a resolution disapproving of 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 border declaration.

Tillis announced in a Feb. 25 Washington Post op-ed he would support a disapproval resolution but changed his mind Thursday.

“I will be voting against the resolution of disapproval,” he said on the Senate floor, pointing to what he called a “crisis at the border.”

“We have to recognize that we have a crisis at the border, 76,000 people crossing illegally in February alone. We have narcotics flooding our country, poisoning our children and adults of all ages,” he said.

It was a reversal from the position he stated in late February when he wrote “Republicans need to realize that this will lead inevitably to regret when a Democrat once again controls the White House, cites the precedent set by Trump, and declares his or her own national emergency to advance a policy that couldn’t gain congressional approval.”

He noted that he and other conservatives “cried foul” when former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Mercury rollback is a direct threat to our children's health Lightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor MORE invoked executive authority to circumvent Congress.

“There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there’s an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach — that it’s acceptable for my party but not thy party,” he wrote in the Post op-ed.

Tillis said Thursday that he wrote his op-ed for two reasons, to express his concern over the way Trump was gaining access to funds to build the border barrier and “that there is a real crisis that we have to address.”

Since he published the piece, he said he has “received a lot of feedback over the past few weeks.”

He said that while he is still concerned the emergency border declaration has the potential for future abuses, he noted that he has had “very productive” conversations with fellow GOP senators and the White House on the issue.