SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – Sen. Susan Collins mentioned Wednesday that she would vote for a congressional decision disapproving of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to construct a wall on the southern border, changing into the primary Republican senator to publicly specific help for such a measure.
The lawmaker from Maine mentioned she would vote for a decision so long as it centered solely on the declaration.
The president’s motion “fully undermines” the function of Congress and is of “doubtful constitutionality,” she mentioned, whereas attending a Coast Guard ceremony.
“If it is a ‘clear’ disapproval decision, I’ll help it,” she mentioned.
Trump declared an emergency final week to acquire funding for the wall past the $1.four billion Congress permitted for border safety. He has mentioned he had a proper to make the declaration in an effort to safe the border.
Trump’s use of the emergency declaration has drawn bipartisan criticism, and 16 states have filed a lawsuit in opposition to the declaration.
“I do help the lawsuit that was filed by the states. That could be the quickest solution to get an injunction that might halt this switch of funds,” she mentioned.
Collins spoke on the Coast Guard facility in South Portland, the place high-ranking officers have been celebrating an upgraded command middle for northern New England.
All advised, $2.three million was spent on upgrades to the 1,100-square-foot (100-square-meter) command middle with new communication tools, electronics and mills, all of which is able to assist the Coast Guard to answer maritime misery calls.
Becoming a member of Collins on the ribbon-cutting was Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, Atlantic commander based mostly in Portsmouth, Virginia; Rear Adm. Andrew Tiongson, district commander in Boston; and Capt. Brian LeFebvre, commander within the northern New England sector.
Collins mentioned she helps enhancements to assist the Coast Guard to raised interdict medication, reply to environmental threats, and to make sure maritime security.
Noting that Coast Guard personnel went with out pay throughout the latest authorities shutdown, Collins mentioned she co-sponsored laws to make sure that the Coast Guard won’t ever once more be the one uniformed army department that isn’t paid below such circumstances.