The Senate just voted to overturn Trump's border wall emergency declaration

The Senate just voted to overturn Trump's border wall emergency declaration

The Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration at the U.S. -Mexico border, putting Congress on a path to its first veto confrontation with the Trump administration.

"The president's action comes into direct conflict with Congress' authority to determine the appropriation of funds, a power vested in Congress by the framers of our Constitution", Collins said. And Trump made clear after the vote he had no intention of signing the measure.

But the group of senators who joined him weren't all so-called constitutional conservatives.

The other notable vote was Nebraska senator Ben Sasse, who occupies something of a sour spot: Trump's supporters dislike him because of his frequent criticisms of the president. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Sen. Susan Collins and appropriators jealously guarding Congress' power of the purse like Tennessee Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska - sided with Trump.

With the emergency declaration, Trump was seeking an alternative way to get billions of dollars for the wall after Congress declined to give him funding. Trump repeatedly stated that Mexico, not the United States, would pay for it. -Mexican border. Trump refused to sign a spending bill late past year that lacked money for his wall, plunging the government into its longest shutdown in history.

"Congress's vote, even if vetoed, would solidify any court's understanding that the so-called emergency is really part of an end-run around a legislative branch that is unconvinced an emergency exists, that refused to fund the wall, and that is constitutionally in charge of federal spending", he said.

Under a four-decade old law, presidents have wide leeway in declaring a national emergency.


Lee, nonplussed, spent that weekend on the starting point to reverse some of those emergency powers.

"If a president can invoke an emergency because he didn't get his way or she didn't get her way without real cause, without a real emergency, woe is our republic in many ways", he said. He introduced a formal bill on Tuesday of this week.

The Senate's action today sends the resolution to the president's desk. They also briefed Pence about Lee's bill to limit future uses of such powers, according to a Senate aide briefed on the meeting. "Don't vote with Pelosi", the president said.

The President did not heed the message. "We tried to cut a deal, the president didn't appear interested", Lee told reporters on Wednesday. There has been disagreement between the two parties about how best to achieve border security.

Tillis, though, said Wednesday that his vote was "still a work in progress" as talks with the White House continued. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Ben Sasse and Sen.

So, as things now stand, even if the Senate passes the House's resolution, Trump is certain to veto it.

It was the end of a remarkable backroom effort that far outstripped Trump's own lobbying on the issue. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., one of the first Republicans to say he'd oppose Trump's border emergency, voted Thursday to support it.


"Yeah, nobody - nobody is beaten up". "But I think it's a bad vote if they go against - I think anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote". Thursday's vote seems likely to add to his troubles.

"There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution". Rob Portman of OH warned in remarks on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

Two weeks ago, the House voted 245-182 to cancel Trump's emergency declaration, with 13 Republicans crossing the aisle to deliver a rebuke to the White House. They said he issued his declaration only because Congress agreed to provide less than $1.4 billion for barriers and he was desperate to fulfil his campaign promise on the wall.

The vote on Thursday set up the first veto showdown of Trump's presidency and a major political issue for the 2020 election.

Whether those lawmakers will face any consequences for their votes remains to be determined.

At the White House, Trump promised to respond. That may be what compelled Sen.

The House passed the resolution on February 26 (245 to 182).


Polls show most Americans do not support Trump's plan, although sentiment is sharply divided along partisan lines with most Republicans supporting the president. Ultimately with Trump, his self-interest can force him to back down.

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