UPDATED 6:25 AM PT — Tuesday, March 5, 2019
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, there are enough votes to block the president’s national emergency declaration.
His comments Monday came after his colleague in Kentucky — Senator Rand Paul — said he would not support the president’s measure to obtain a wall on the southern border. This would mean the measure would advance to the president’s desk, where it would likely be vetoed.
Both chambers would then need a two-thirds majority in order to override President Trump’s veto.
McConnell said he supported the president’s declaration once he made it, but would have rather seen a different avenue.
“Once he decided to do that I said I would support it, but I was hoping he wouldn’t take that particular path,” he explained. “I think that what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the President and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House.”
McConnell added, he fears the move could set a dangerous precedent for Democrats to use a declaration to advance legislation on gun control or climate change.