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PoliticsSenate votes to reject Trump’s emergency declaration, setting up president’s first veto

21:45  14 march  2019
21:45  14 march  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Pelosi on Trump's veto threat: 'We'll fight him in the Congress' and courts

Pelosi on Trump's veto threat: 'We'll fight him in the Congress' and courts House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday if President Donald Trump vetoes the resolution blocking his national emergency declaration, Democrats will respond in Congress and in court. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We'll fight him in the Congress, we'll fight him in the courts and we'll fight him in the court of public opinion," Pelosi told reporters at an event in Texas. "What he's doing is wrong and the Republicans know it.

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The Senate passed a resolution Thursday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats to deliver a bipartisan rebuke to the president.

The disapproval resolution passed the House last month, so the 59-41 Senate vote will send the measure to the Trump’s desk. Trump has promised to use the first veto of his presidency to strike it down, and Congress does not have the votes to override the veto.

Trump tells Republicans to ‘stay united’ in face of push to nix border emergency declaration

Trump tells Republicans to ‘stay united’ in face of push to nix border emergency declaration President Trump on Wednesday urged fellow Republicans to “stay united” in the face of a Democrat-led effort to nix his declaration of a national emergency at the border. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Senate Republicans are not voting on constitutionality or precedent, they are voting on desperately needed Border Security & the Wall,” he tweeted. "Our Country is being invaded with Drugs, Human Traffickers, & Criminals of all shapes and sizes.

“VETO!” Trump tweeted moments after the vote.

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Still, the Senate vote stood as a rare instance of Republicans breaking with Trump in significant numbers on an issue central to his presidency — the construction of a wall along the southern border.

For weeks Trump had sought to frame the debate in terms of immigration, arguing that Republican senators who supported border security should back him up on the emergency declaration. But for many GOP lawmakers, it was about a bigger issue: The Constitution itself, which grants Congress — not the president -- control over government spending.

By declaring a national emergency in order to bypass Congress to get money for his wall, Trump was violating the separation of powers and setting a potentially dangerous precedent, these senators argued.

White House pressures Senate GOP to back Trump's emergency declaration

White House pressures Senate GOP to back Trump's emergency declaration The White House on Wednesday chastised Senate Republicans who are considering joining Democrats to block President Trump's emergency declaration to secure funding for a wall along the southern border. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed Republicans to "do your job" ahead of a looming vote on a resolution that would terminate the president's emergency and set Trump up to issue the first veto of his presidency and blamed lawmaker s for failing to invest in border security. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Senate votes to reject Trump’s emergency declaration, setting up president’s first veto© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images President Donald J. Trump listens during a briefing on drug trafficking at the Southern Border in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump on Wednesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, effective immediately. The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern, Trump said, adding that top transportation officials would soon make an announcement regarding the new information and physical evidence that weve received from the site, and other locations, and through a couple of other complaints.

“It’s imperative for the president to honor Congress’ constitutional role,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said Thursday on the Senate floor as he announced his vote in favor of the disapproval resolution. “A national emergency declaration is a tool to be used cautiously and sparingly.”

GOP bracing for Trump to veto Congress’s rejection of his emergency declaration

GOP bracing for Trump to veto Congress’s rejection of his emergency declaration Sen. John Barrasso, one of the Senate’s highest-ranking Republicans, said Trump is “going to veto this,” after four GOP senators pledge to oppose his emergency plans.

Republicans who voted with Trump and against the disapproval resolution said the president was acting within his authority under the National Emergencies Act, and taking necessary steps to address a humanitarian and drug crisis at the border that Democrats had ignored.

“There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), naming the House speaker and Senate minority leader. “It should never have come to this, but in the absence of congressional action, the President did what Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused to do.”

Many GOP senators agonized at length before deciding how to vote, with significant numbers of them — including Portman and Gardner, who is up for re-election next year — waiting until Thursday to announce their positions.

In the end only one Republican who is up for re-election next year — Susan Collins (R-Maine) — voted for the disapproval resolution.

In addition to Collins and Portman, the other 10 GOP senators voting for the disapproval resolution were: Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.), Mitt Romney (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), and Roger F. Wicker (Miss.).

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration President Trump said Thursday that he is "prepared to veto" a Senate resolution blocking his declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border. The Democratic measure is expected to pass the GOP-controlled Senate later in the day. 

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another senator up for re-election in a politically divided state, had announced last month that he would vote for the disapproval resolution. He wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post at the time arguing there would be “no intellectual honesty” in supporting executive overreach by Trump that he had upposed under former President Barack Obama.

But on Thursday Tillis flipped and cast his vote with the president, saying he was reassured by indications that Trump would support changes to the National Emergencies Act itself, to rein in presidential powers going forward.

Tillis’ flip-flop highlighted the political pressure Republicans felt over potentially crossing the president. I

Thursday’s vote followed numerous failed efforts at compromise by vacillating GOP senators, including a dramatic incident Wednesday evening where a trio of GOP senators -- Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) — showed up nearly unannounced at the White House, interrupting Trump at dinner in a last-ditch effort to craft a compromise.

Their efforts failed, and Graham, Cruz and Sasse all ended up voting against the disapproval resolution.

“I said thank you for meeting with us. Sorry we ruined your dinner. And again, if it’d been me, I would have kicked us out after about five minutes,” Graham said later.

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration Hours before the crucial vote, the president tweeted, "The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!" After Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Wednesday announced support for the House-passed resolution to cancel Trump's national emergency declaration — which the president wants to use to pay for a border wall Congress has refused to fund — five Republicans have publicly declared they will vote in favor of the Democratic measure. As of last week, GOP Sens.

Ahead of the vote, Trump took to Twitter to goad his critics and insist that defectors would be siding with Pelosi.

“A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!” Trump wrote.

The president said he would support GOP efforts to update the National Emergencies Act at a later date — something that’s been under discussion as a way to rein in presidential powers going forward — “but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!”

Pelosi herself told reporters: “The Senate will hopefully vote for the Constitution of the United States to uphold the oath of office that we all take by voting to reject the president’s measure that does violence on the Constitution. . . . We’ll then send the bill to the president.”

Concern among GOP senators has focused on Trump’s use of the National Emergencies Act to grab $3.6 billion appropriated by Congress for military construction projects nationwide — and use it to build barriers along the border instead.

Graham declined to specify what exactly was discussed when he and the others showed up to interrupt Trump’s dinner Wednesday night, but said it focused on satisfying those concerns.

The attempted last-minute intervention by Graham and the others was just the latest attempt by Republicans to find some kind of compromise, as they choose between siding with Trump or crossing him on Thursday’s vote. But Trump repeatedly shot down the GOP’s attempts at dealmaking, calling Lee during a private GOP lunch Wednesday to reject a proposal to curtail presidential powers under the National Emergencies Act.

Shortly after that, Lee announced he would be voting for the disapproval resolution.

The vote on the disapproval resolution came a day after a Senate vote to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, marking unusual twin rebukes from a Senate that has mostly bowed to Trump’s wishes.

Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered contrasting takes on the Senate floor Thursday morning about what is at stake.

“This is not a normal vote,” Schumer said. “This will be a vote about the very nature of our constitution and the separation of powers.”

But McConnell argued that Trump was acting well within his powers and consistently with previous invocations of the National Emergencies Act.

The Latest: Trump's reaction to Senate vote? 'VETO!'

The Latest: Trump's reaction to Senate vote? 'VETO!' The Latest on Congress and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall (all times local):3:25 p.m.President Donald Trump has one thing to say after the Republican-led Senate voted to block his national emergency declaration for border wall funding: "VETO!"Trump tweeted the one-word response Thursday after the Senate voted 59-41 in favor of a resolution to block the measure. A total of 12 Republicans voted with Democrats to rebuke the president.__2:50 p.m.In a stunning rebuke, the Republican-controlled Senate has voted to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate voted 59-41 for a resolution to halt Trump's emergency order.

“Let’s not lose sight of the particular question that’s before us later today, whether the facts tell us there’s truly a humanitarian and security crisis on our Southern border and whether the Senate, for some reason, feels this particular emergency on our own border does not rise to the other national emergencies current in effect,” McConnell said.

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Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto.
Democrats are planning a vote that aims to override President Trump's veto of legislation blocking his emergency declaration, an effort that's all but certain to fail. The House will hold a veto-override vote on March 26, shortly after lawmakers return from a weeklong recess, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday. The measure is unlikely to garner the necessary two-thirds majority, given that only 13 House Republicans joined with Democrats in support of a resolution last month to block Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

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