Lindsey Graham Condemns Fellow Republicans for Voting Against National Emergency

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Lindsey Graham Condemns Fellow Republicans for Voting Against National Emergency
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Lindsey Graham Condemns Fellow Republicans for Voting Against National Emergency
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Senator Lindsey Graham recently appeared on Fox News to discuss the attempt in Congress to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. The House of Representives voted earlier today to block the declaration by a vote of 245 to 182. A total of 13 Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues to reject the national emergency.

During the interview, Graham said the president is on firm legal ground by declaring a national emergency. Graham is a lawyer, a point he made sure to remind audiences of while discussing the legal implications of the national emergency. Graham went on to say that President Trump has the authority to move funds around to pay for the wall, according to the legal statute authorizing the president to declare a national emergency.

Graham continued the interview listing numerous times that Democrats in Congress were willing to concede that there are serious concerns regarding border security. The senator suggested that Democrats were previously willing to support the construction of barriers along the border until then-candidate Trump began advocating for them. Graham encouraged his fellow Republicans in Congress to visit the Mexican border if they truly believe there is no crisis occurring.

Now that the House of Representatives has passed the resolution to block the national emergency, the Senate will soon vote on the matter. Some Republicans in the Senate have already indicated they are undecided or willing to vote against the national emergency. The GOP has a majority of 53 in the Senate, and it will take 51 votes to reject the president’s declaration.

Even if enough Republicans vote against the national emergency, it’s almost unimaginable that it would have enough support to block the president’s veto. Although a lot of talk has been made on television about the resolution, it was never really seen by political operatives as a viable option of blocking the president’s declaration. It seems the only realistic option the president’s critics have at blocking the declaration is through the courts, a process that is sure to play out across the coming months.

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