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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build his border wall was "unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the Constitution," and warned the president that Republicans could vote to block the declaration if he doesn't change course, Politico reports.

The big picture: Trump has said he would veto any effort to block the declaration. Nonetheless, Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Thom Tillis have said they will be voting in favor of a resolution passed by the House to end the national emergency, leaving the Senate just one vote shy of rebuking Trump. While Sen. Alexander would not commit to being the fourth vote, his request for Trump to reconsider foreshadows a possible groundswell of Republican resistance as the Senate approaches a vote in the next few weeks.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

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The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations begin on Tuesday, with testimony from his picks to lead the departments of State, Homeland and Defense.

Why it matters: It's been a slow start for a process that usually takes place days or weeks earlier for incoming presidents. The first slate of nominees will appear on Tuesday before a Republican-controlled Senate, but that will change once the new Democratic senators-elect from Georgia are sworn in.