Some Senate Republicans Urge Trump to Give Up Nat’l Emergency

‘I think there’s an easier way to do this…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Senate Republicans are pressuring President Donald Trump to give up his national emergency declaration as Congress moves to pass a resolution striking the executive order down.

Although many Republicans support Trump’s calls for enhanced border security, some believe they’ve pushed the envelope far enough.

Trump’s allies in the Senate argued he already has more funds — $6 billion currently available — than he head originally requested to build a southern border wall, and pushing for more will only create additional problems.

“The amount of money that’s available to him without declaring an emergency does meet his request,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, said. “That is definitely the message.”

Another Republican senator told The Hill that Trump’s national emergency declaration is unnecessary.

“I think there’s an easier way to do this,” the senator said anonymously.

More than a dozen Senate Republicans have said they will vote for the House’s disapproval resolution, including Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

“A lot of people are concerned in our caucus,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Wednesday. “There have been quite a few who have expressed concerns.”

Trump, however, has continued to call on the GOP to “stay strong.”

“Senate Republicans are not voting on constitutionality or precedent, they are voting on desperately needed Border Security & the Wall. Our Country is being invaded with Drugs, Human Traffickers, & Criminals of all shapes and sizes. That’s what this vote is all about. STAY UNITED!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Vice President Mike Pence echoed Trump’s concerns and said Republicans need to unite behind border security.

“A vote against the president’s emergency declaration is a vote against border security. A vote against the president’s emergency declaration is a vote to deny the real humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” he said in a speech on Wednesday.