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Wicker concerned with Trump using emergency resolution for border wall

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is expressing concerns about President Trump's use of an emergency declaration to free up money to pay for construction of a border wall with Mexico.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2019 10:46 PM

WASHINGTON (WTVA) - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is expressing concerns about President Trump's use of an emergency declaration to free up money to pay for construction of a border wall with Mexico.

Wicker tweeted Tuesday he supports efforts to get a wall built, but he's concerned about the way the president is going about getting that funding.

"I commend the president for his efforts to secure our nation's border quickly," said Wicker on Twitter. "However, I have serious reservations as to what the emergency declaration might do to the constitutional principle of checks and balances."

"The precedent we set this year might empower a future liberal president to declare emergencies to enact gun control or to address ‘climate emergencies’ or even to tear down the wall we are building today," the senator added.

Wicker is among 15 Republican senators who have introduced legislation that would give Congress more power in limiting emergency declarations.

Any future declaration would have to be approved by Congress for it to continue past 30 days.

The measure would not apply to the current effort by the president.

However, the bill could prevent some Republicans in the Senate from voting Thursday for a Democratic resolution that would block Trump's use of an emergency resolution for the border wall.

Wicker, of Tupelo, has not publicly said how he would vote on that resolution.

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