Senate deals blow to Trump in vote to terminate border emergency

Source: Politico | March 14, 2019 | Marianne Levine

The move sets up the first veto of Trump’s presidency.

The Senate delivered a stunning bipartisan rebuke to Donald Trump on Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to overturn the president’s national emergency declaration.

In a 59-41 vote, the Senate approved a House passed-resolution to block Trump from funding his border wall without congressional approval. The GOP revolt will force Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency.

The Republican defections present an embarrassment to the White House, which sought to limit the number of senators breaking with their party. Some Republican senators attempted to strike a deal with the White House that could have curbed the number of Republicans breaking with the president, but those talks fell through.

Shortly after the Senate vote, Trump tweeted: “I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country.” He further thanked “all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”

Trump urged Republicans to stand with him ahead of the vote, tweeting “a vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!”

But Senate Republicans’ admonishment of the president was a longtime in the making, as Republican senators had urged the president not to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall during the historic 35-day government shutdown. In the lead up to the vote, several Republican said they would support the House resolution of disapproval.

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In addition to Romney and Alexander, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Roy Blunt of Missouri voted in favor of the House resolution.

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