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Blackburn opposes resolution to block Trump border emergency

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Posted at 8:10 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 09:10:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says she won't vote for a resolution aimed at blocking President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration along the U.S.-Mexico border so he can funnel billions of dollars more toward a proposed border wall.

Blackburn told reporters in a call Thursday she will stand with Trump because Tennesseans want the border secured, calling it a humanitarian crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there are enough votes in the Republican-led Senate to pass the resolution. He predicted Trump would veto the resolution and the House would uphold the veto.

The Democratic-led House has already voted to upend the emergency declaration.

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has said Trump already has congressional funding authority to build the wall without a "dangerous national emergency precedent."