Federal Relations

March 4, 2019

Senate Likely to Disapprove National Emergency Declaration

Over the weekend, a fourth Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, expressed his support for the resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.  Paul joins Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in publicly declaring their support for the resolution.  A number of other Republican Senators have signaled that they could join that group.

The House passed the resolution 245 – 182 in February.  Paul’s support, along with that of every Democrat in the chamber, means that it will pass in the Senate as well.  However, the president has pledged to veto the measure, which would be his first veto. The margins in the two chambers are not large enough to override the veto.

A number of states have already filed a lawsuit against the declaration and other lawsuits are expected.

Read more about the political situation on this issue in Congress here and here.