"I can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn't been appropriated by Congress, " Paul told guests at a GOP dinner at Western Kentucky University, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said Saturday night that he couldn't back Trump's position because the president was exceeding his constitutional authority and improperly limiting the role of Congress in approving federal expenditures. "If we take away those checks and balances, it's a unsafe thing", he added.
Sen. Paul told reporters that he believes that ten Republicans senators will vote to end Trump's national emergency declaration.
Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border on February 15, shortly after the conclusion of a weeks-long government shutdown that failed to convince Congress to grant his request for $57 billion to build about 230 miles of fencing.
According to Harvard professor John Yoo, Trump has the power to declare an emergency at the border, especially because Congress in 2006 passed a law approved by Democrats and Republicans authorizing the construction of a wall.
In a FoxNews.com opinion piece, Paul says, "I support President Trump". If all the Democrats and the independents oppose Trump as expected, he would lose the vote on the emergency. The silver lining, for those who agree with Trump's declaration, is the Senate may not have enough votes to override a veto, should Trump go that route.More news: Winter storms to pummel the Northeast this weekend
But the House of Representatives voted last week to terminate the national emergency declaration.
The first choice will be: Can I afford to risk the wrath of Senate leadership by breaking ranks on this vote?
Trump's demand for $US5.7 billion in funding for his "great, great wall" triggered the longest-ever partial United States government shutdown in December and January. The announcement likely means Trump's border wall plan is dead on arrival in the Senate. The eventual deal included $1.375 billion for physical barriers.
The measure needs a simple majority to be adopted and sent to Trump's desk, but is also unlikely to attract support from a veto-proof majority in Senate. "And the president doesn't get to decide that he can override Congress simply because Congress doesn't do what he wants".
"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".
Amash also said he thought Republicans supporting Trump on the issue were abdicating their responsibilities under the constitution.