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Romney to vote against Trump’s emergency declaration for border security

Romney asserted he still supports a wall and this stance is “not a vote against border security.”

March 14, 2019 - 12:35 pm

WASHINGTON (KFTK) — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Thursday that he will not support President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a statement released early Thursday, Romney said “I will vote today for the resolution of disapproval. This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core.”

However, Romney asserted he still supports a wall and this stance is “not a vote against border security.”

“I agree that a physical barrier is urgently needed to help ease 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 declaration,” the statement said.

Romney joined five other Republican senators with this viewpoint including Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Following his announcement Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) became the seventh senator vowing to vote in disapproval of the Feb. 15-declaration.

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