Senate Republicans Vote to Overrule Emergency Declaration
Senate Republicans voted with their Democratic counterparts on Thursday to block President Trump’s border wall emergency declaration.
Republicans who voted for the resolution said they feared the resolution could set a dangerous precedent that would allow Presidents to circumvent Congress in order to control the allocation of federal funds.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) was among the 12 Republicans who voted for the resolution. Romney said he voted for the resolution in order to maintain the balance of power. He said, “I’m going to be voting in favor of the resolution of disapproval.” He continued, “This is a constitutional question, it’s a question of the balance of power that is core to our constitution. This is not about the president or border security, in fact, I support border security, I support a barrier.”
Other GOP members who voted for the resolution include: Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey, (R-PA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
After the vote Thursday afternoon, President Trump took to Twitter to voice his disappointment simply writing, “VETO!”
Later Trump followed up his initial Tweet writing, “I look forward to VETOING the
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