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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says the White House can find the $5.7 billion the president is seeking for construction along the southern border without shifting money that would require a national emergency declaration.

"I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress", Paul said at a party dinner on Saturday night at Western Kentucky University, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a risky thing". He joins three other Republicans, Sens.

Trump's declaration allows him to access $3.6 billion in funds allocated for military construction projects. Hazard my committee standings and show vote opportunities just to temporarily beat back a piece of executive overreach that most of my voters likely support?

The House previously passed the measure to block Trump's declaration, but Democrats in the chamber fell well short of securing the two-thirds vote that would be necessary to overturn a threatened veto from Trump.

"We have too many smart people that want border security, so I can't imagine it can survive a veto", the President told reporters in the Oval Office.

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Paul cited the Supreme Court's ruling on Youngstown Steel in 1952 and said he thinks the national emergency declaration isn't constitutional because it goes against "the will of Congress".

Trump signed a spending bill last month that kept the government open and provided $1.375 billion for a border wall. In the letter sent to Congress, Trump cited threats to Ukraine's democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity and "actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine" as continuing to present "an unusual and extraordinary threat" to United States national security and foreign policy. Mr. Trump vowed to veto the resolution "100 percent". Announcing the declaration on February 19, he said he thinks the nation's highest court will uphold the declaration, which garnered up to $8 billion for the southern border wall.

"What we see happening along the border - the amount of drugs, the amount of deaths in America, the human trafficking that's coming across, the overwhelming problem there".

McConnell later also said that he tried to convince Trump to not declare a national emergency, contending that future Democrat presidential administrations might abuse Trump's precedent. It puts the Republicans in Congress in bind.

He said the Senate vote would happen before the lawmakers go on a one-week recess on March 15.