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Senate Passes Resolution Against President’s Border Wall ‘National Emergency,’ Trump Responds With ‘VETO’

President Donald Trump issued a one-word Twitter response to news that the Senate had voted to sustain a resolution opposing the president’s use of the “national emergency” to reroute funds from other military priorities to the building the border wall.

The Senate voted 59-41 to pass the measure, declaring they would not support a “national emergency” declaration on the southern border should the president decide to send one to Congress.

Twelve Republicans sided with Senate Democrats to support the measure, including the predicted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), perpetual moderates Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), pledged opposition Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who was the first to declare that he would vote against any effort on the part of the White House to pass the “national emergency” on separation of powers grounds.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) were unexpected votes against the resolution. Sasse, who is typically a thorn in the president’s side, said that he voted against the measure because, while he disagrees with the “overly broad” interpretation of “national emergency,” he believes that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats are being unreasonable in cutting off all funding to border control projects.

“I think that law is overly broad and I want to fix it, but at present Nancy Pelosi doesn’t, so I am therefore voting against her politically motivated resolution,” Sasse told media after the vote. He added that he is a “Constitutional conservative,” but that both parties must come together to discuss the “serious issue” of immigration reform rather than fight about whether it constitutes a “national emergency.”

The results of the vote are, reportedly, better than the White House predicted, according to Politico. The Trump Administration had feared that more than 12 Republicans would defect, ostensibly giving opponents of his resolution a veto-proof majority — a clear embarrassment for the White House affecting Trump’s signature agenda item.

To head off that disaster, White House aides had been burning up the phone lines, furiously whipping a handful of GOP senators back to voting against the resolution. The president even invited a handful of Republicans to the White House Wednesday night for a personal meeting in a last-ditch effort to convince fence-sitters not to hand the White House an obvious public loss.

Alexander and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) were considered prime targets of the administration, but both voted against the bill.

The president had a one-word response, though, for his Republican Congressional colleagues: “VETO.”

He elaborated in a later Tweet.

“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country. I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!,” he said.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Donna Thorne

    March 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Well, Republicans have more house-cleaning to do.

  2. Rita Witt

    March 15, 2019 at 1:46 am

    The way to solve this problem is to veto anything congress plans to make monety on there,there is a list of congressspecial interest money, which will make them sweat a lttle untill thay fund the wall. I may still have the list in the boxes of research paper Ihave but sometimes congressmen look it up to see what special interest is available.

  3. chris

    March 15, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Remember these 12, next time there is another illegal immigrant murdering someone.

  4. Kenneth Hecker

    March 15, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Hmmm, Obama wasn’t above vetoing something he had no other control over, but Donald J. Trump will be roundly criticized for doing so. The Constitution makes the President’s main job to protect the citizens of this country. Now all we need is for more of our Republican representatives to be voted out of office for not standing with the President. Bad enough that about 40 Rep reps decided “I guess I won’t run again in 2018”. What a mess.

  5. Lee Price

    March 16, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Those Republicans, and those that voted with the Democrats, should be charged with dereliction of duty. It’s time that they, and all of the House and Senate, are supposed to working for the American public!

  6. Kathleen Burmaster

    March 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Illegal immigrants are a major serious threat to all Americans. They are already too many illegals in our Country. One more on a daily basis is one too many. Our Homeland Security Chief states between 50,000-60,000 are attempting to enter the USA on a monthly basis. Enough already. Build the wall NOW!

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