Republican senators who worried about executive overreach dealt an embarrassing blow to Trump over his national emergency declaration.
On Thursday the Senate voted against President Trump’s national emergency with a 59-41 vote. It was a huge bipartisan effort in fear that this emergency might be a stretch of the presidents’ power.
Trump has already said he will reject the bill. Immediately after the vote, Trump tweeted, “Veto”.
Trump tried to get more GOP support but the following Republicans voted against the emergency declaration:
- Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
- Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Mike Lee of Utah
- Jerry Moran of Kansas
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Rand Paul of Kentucky
- Rob Portman of Ohio
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Marco Rubio of Florida
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
- Roger Wicker of Mississippi
The veto would be the first of his presidency. Neither chamber appears to have enough support to overcome Trump’s opposition with a two-thirds majority vote.
It is unclear now if House leaders will push for a vote to override the president’s veto. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who introduced the House resolution, told reporters Thursday that he will push for another vote even though it will be “very tough” to reach a veto-proof majority. He called it a “consequential constitutional vote.”
President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen have been working to provide reasons why the border is at the point of a national emergency.
“The truth is that the politics and policies of open borders have failed the American people. Our broken system endures, and the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at our Southwest Border leaves many minors and families at extreme risk of being exploited by traffickers, human smugglers, gangs, and other nefarious actors seeking to profit at their expense,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen. “Activist courts, congressional inaction, and criminals intent on breaking our laws stand in the way of confronting illegal and uncontrolled migration threatening our safety and security. What was a crisis, is now a full-fledged emergency.”
“This cannot be a partisan issue,” Nielsen continued. “Every DHS Secretary since the Department’s inception has sounded the alarm about our unsecured border and its consequences. The American people and our law enforcement personnel rightfully demand effective border security: building the wall, strengthening our laws, and giving the men and women serving on the front lines the tools and resources they need to keep Americans safe. To that end, this Department pledges our unwavering resolve to confronting present and ever-evolving future threats to our national security at our Southwest Border.”
Thursday Trump also tweeted,
In a statement after the vote, Pelosi said Congress voted “on an overwhelming and bipartisan basis” to reject a “sham emergency declaration.”
“President Trump’s emergency declaration is an unlawful power grab that does violence to the Constitution and fundamentally alters the separation of powers,” she said. “This is not an emergency, and the Congress has declared in a strong bipartisan voice that the President’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one.”
This battle for wall is far from over.