WASHINGTON (AP) - Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators have split over supporting President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on a 59-41 vote Thursday. Sen. Pat Roberts voted against the resolution.
Trump declared the emergency so he could steer $3.6 billion more to border barriers than Congress approved. He has declared he will veto the resolution.
Moran said he agrees with Trump that the border needs better security and that the Republican president has not been treated fairly by Democrats in Congress. But he said the emergency order violates the U.S. Constitution.
Full statement from Moran
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – today announced he will support H. J. Res. 46, the Emergency Declaration Resolution of Disapproval.
“President Trump is correct, there is a need for better border security,” wrote Sen. Moran. “…I have introduced legislation and voted many times for greater funding for border security, including President Trump’s border wall.”
“Upon my election to public office, I take one oath – to uphold the Constitution of the United States,” continued Sen. Moran. “I believe the use of emergency powers in this circumstance violates the Constitution. Allowing the use of such power establishes a precedent for future presidents to further act against laws and appropriations approved by Congress. This continues our country down the path of all powerful executive – something those who wrote the Constitution were fearful of.”
Roberts said he agreed with Trump that the U.S. has reached a crisis at the border.
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