Murkowski firm on opposition to Trump's border wall emergency declaration
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was among 11 Republicans who backed a resolution disapproving President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a border wall without Congressional approval.
Wednesday’s 54-41 vote came after Trump’s administration announced it would shift $3.6 billion in military construction from several states, including Alaska, to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Alaska lost around $102 million for military construction.
Murkowski has long said Trump’s actions violate the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.
“This is not about whether or not I support the President’s very legitimate concerns over border security, because I do,” she said in a prepared statement. “This is about the administration overstepping Constitutional authority, forcing Congress to relinquish power that is fundamentally ours. We have and will continue working to address border security—by securing all our borders. But, in the interest of ensuring America can trust the system of checks and balances we have in place, we must do so through the appropriate channels.”
Alaska’s junior senator, Republican Dan Sullivan, did not support the resolution.
“While I do not agree with the decision to defer any military construction in Alaska, it should be noted that the Democrats’ obstruction to fund much needed border security has forced the Trump administration to undertake these measures,” he said in an emailed statement. “That is why I voted against the resolution. Going forward, I will work with the Pentagon’s leadership and my Senate colleagues to reconstitute the necessary funding required to complete these projects.”
Trump declared a national emergency in February so he could access the funds. It followed prolonged spending negotiations that produced the nation’s longest government shut down.
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