- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2019

The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday he may vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration unless the administration finds another way to obtain a significant portion of funding for the planned Mexican border wall.

Chairman Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, told KRMG Radio Monday that if the president “doesn’t change it and take the military construction out of it,” he’s unlikely to support the declaration.

“If he does, I would support it,” he added.

Already at least four Republicans have said they are ready to join Senate Democrats in rejecting Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration to finance new sections of the wall along the Mexican border. With the Democratic-controlled House already on record against the declaration, Mr. Trump may be bracing for the first veto of his presidency to overcome congressional opposition.

Congress approved only $1.37 billion in new wall money in February, which led Mr. Trump to declare the border emergency and announce plans to move $3.6 billion from funds already appropriated for specific military construction projects to build the wall. Pentagon officials say they are preparing to use money in the coming 2020 fiscal year to continue funding for any affected projects.

“I may vote against it because we don’t know for sure how that’s going to affect the military,” Mr. Inhofe said.

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