The Senate votes to terminate Trump’s national emergency in a stunning rebuke, and the president will have to use his first veto to get his border wall
The Senate passed a resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration to build his border wall.
The resolution received unanimous Democratic support, with several Republicans crossing the aisle.
The resolution, which the House passed in February, now will head to Trump’s desk, where he has already promised to veto it.
As it stands, there are not enough votes in the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to divert military funds for the purpose of building additional mileage of physical barriers along the United States border with Mexico on Thursday.
The Senate vote, during which 12 Republicans crossed the aisle to pass the resolution 59-41, will head to the president’s desk, setting up the first major veto of Trump’s presidency.
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Proponents of the resolution, which passed the House 245-182 in February, were not able to muster enough support for a veto-proof majority. The House would need 290 votes and the Senate would need 67 to stop the emergency declaration. The White House has already pledged to veto the resolution in a statement of administration policy.
In advance of the Senate vote, Vice President Mike Pence tried to curtail an embarrassing rebuke of Trump. Pence angled for a compromise that in exchange for GOP defectors stomaching support for the emergency declaration, Trump would sign a bill into law to curtail future abuses of emergency powers.
But when Sen. Mike Lee of Utah put forth a bill to do just that, Trump informed him and Senate Republicans during their Wednesday lunch he would not get on board the measure, according to a GOP aide. In addition, House Democrats were not entertaining such …read more
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