Why I voted to terminate the president's national emergency declaration


U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (toomey.senate.gov)

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on March 14 issued the following statement after joining Democrats and 11 other Republicans to terminate the president's national emergency declaration:

Well before the president declared this national emergency, I made clear that such a declaration was ill-advised. Our Constitution explicitly gives Congress the responsibility to determine how taxpayer money is used. The president's emergency declaration undermines the fundamental constitutional principle of the separation of powers, and it sets a dangerous precedent that future presidents could use to advance controversial policies.
I have supported, and will continue to support, the president's sensible efforts to secure the southern border. I backed his $5.7 billion request to build 234 miles of physical barriers at the ten most critical locations as determined by our border patrol, and voted last year for $25 billion in border security, including $18 billion specifically to build a physical barrier. But when I disagree with the president, I feel a responsibility to stand up and say so. For these reasons, I joined a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in voting to terminate the president's national emergency declaration.