Sen. Toomey Explains His Vote Against President Trump's Emergency Declaration

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
March 15, 2019 - 3:20 pm



WASHINGTON (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - U.S Senator Pat Toomey was one of twelve Republicans who voted against President Trump's emergency declaration to obtain funding for expanding the U.S-Mexico border wall on Thursday. 

"For me, the declaration of emergency was used as a way to circumvent a billion active congressional statues that the President signed." Toomey told KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell Friday afternoon. 

"I think my responsibility as a Senator is to evaluate an issue that comes before us when it comes before us, when it comes before us, and make my judgement on what's best for Pennsylvania and what's best for our country," Toomey said.  "That's not always going to be the same conclusion that the President comes to."

Toomey told Marty and Wendy that he supports gathering additional funding for the border wall but feels that the President has other means of accessing the necessary money without using emergency powers. 

"Even if I don't like the law, we've got to obey the law," Toomey said. "The President has other sources of money that I enthusiastically support him using to get to the dollar amount he wants so he can build the 255 miles of additional wall that he wants and I want."

The eleven other Republican U.S Senators who voted against the emergency declaration include Lamar Alexander (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Marco Rubio (FL) and Roger Wicker (MS).

U.S Sen. Bob Casey joined other Democrats in the Senate and voted against President Trump's emergency declaration. The final vote was 59-41.

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