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By Allan Smith and Rebecca Shabad
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday promised to veto a decision that would terminate his national emergency statement just hours before the Senate is set for a demonstration vote on the measure.
"A Great National Emergency Voice Today by the United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under construction)," Trump wrote. "I am ready to veto if necessary. The southern border is a national security and humanitarian nightmare, but it can be easily solved!"
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Wednesday was the fifth Republican to declare support for the adopted democratic resolution to cancel Trump's National Emergency Response Declaration – which the President will use to pay for a Borderweight Congress, has refused to finance.
Trump tweeted again later Thursday morning, urging GOP legislators to stick to him.
"Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address national distress at the southern border and to protect the American people are both BASIC and EXPRESSLY endorsed by Congress," Trump said on Twitter. "If Congress later wants to update the law, I will support these efforts, but today's problem is BORDER SECURITY and Crime !!! Do not vote with Pelosi!"
After four GOP senators announced that they would repeat the decision – Rand Paul of Kentucky, North Carolina's Thom Tillis, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Last week admitted that it would pass.
Debate started on the decision around 10:00 ET, with the final vote expected in the afternoon.
Late. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a frequent drum critic, announced in a statement before the vote on Thursday that he would vote for the resolution.
"I will vote today for the decision of disapproval," Romney said. "This is a vote for the Constitution and for the power balance that is at the heart. For the executive department to override a law passed by Congress, it would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing force. This is not a border security vote In fact, I agree that there is an urgent need for a physical barrier to facilitate the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and the administration already has $ 4.5 billion available within existing authority to fund a barrier – even without an emergency statement. "
Late. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Also announced at the Senate that he would join the Democrats and support the measure and call the statement that Trump issued a "dangerous precedent".
Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Shattered to Declare an Emergency "Because He Lost with Congress."
"He had to step on the constitution to continue his struggle," Schumer said.
Should the Trump veto measure, it is unlikely that the congress will be able to interfere with it.
Trump declared the national emergency week after the longest government interruption in US history lasting more than a month, following Congress's refusal to acquire its demand for more than $ 5 billion in funding to build a massive wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump used the Emergency Declaration in the hope of redirecting billions of federal dollars to build the wall without congressional approval.
Trump Thursday, the Democratic legislators felt in contrast to his emergency statement "& # 39; Border Deniers. & # 39;"
"They refuse to see or recognize death, crime, drugs and human trafficking on our southern border!" he tweeted.