“Today, I think he’s wrong.” That’s how Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced his decisive stance on legislation blocking President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall. Paul joins GOP Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Thom Tillis in supporting the resolution, which was passed by the House last week. It now appears set to clear the GOP-controlled Senate — but not by enough votes to override Trump’s veto.
Why does it matter? Observers say this showdown over the separation of powers tests Republican support for presidential policies that could set a potentially dangerous precedent.