The U.S. Senate voted today to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the United States-Mexico border.
Following a weeks-long government shutdown and stalemate with House Democrats over funding to reinforce barriers on the southern border, Donald Trump invoked the Nixon-era National Emergencies Act of 1976.
Under the old law, Trump claimed the power to direct funding to barrier construction at his own discretion without a line item in a legislative appropriation.
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I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country. I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
Following the vote, he vowed to exercise his veto power to overturn the decision.
Senate Republicans Mutiny
The vote against Donald Trump‘s emergency declaration at the southern border was a rare rebuke from the GOP-controlled Congress against the sitting president and leader of the Republican Party.
Another was the recent Senate resolution to end USAF air refueling missions for Saudi planes on bombing raids in Yemen, despite Trump’s support for the Saudi government.
But all the mainstream media love seems to be for Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Pat Toomey (R-PA), who announced Thursday that they’d join Democrats to oppose Trump’s emergency declaration.