The Senate delivered a stunning bipartisan rebuke to Donald Trump on Thursday when12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to overturn the president’s national emergency declaration.Update
In a59-41vote, the Senate approved a House passed-resolution to block Trump from funding his border wall without congressional approval. The GOP revolt will forceTrump to issue the first veto of his presidency.Update
With the Senate vote on Trump’s national emergency declaration directing funds to building a security wall quickly approaching. President Trump claims he is “prepared to veto, if necessary” and has even given a very fitting label to Democrats: “Border Deniers.”
“A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!” the president tweeted.
“The Democrats are ‘Border Deniers,'” he said. “They refuse to see or acknowledge the Death, Crime, Drugs and Human Trafficking at our Southern Border!”
While it is expected that Democrats will vote to end Trump’s national emergency declaration, several Republicans intent to join them in stopping the emergency declaration. It will take only four Republicans to vote in the Democrats favor.
“The Republicans are predicting that the showdown vote will result in Congress sending Trump a resolution blocking the border emergency he proclaimed last month to steer an extra $3.6 billion to building border barriers,” the New York Post said.
“On Wednesday, Senate passage of the resolution was all but guaranteed after the collapse of efforts by the White House and Republican senators to reach compromise on separate legislation by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, curtailing presidents’ powers to declare emergencies in the future,” the Post added.
If President Trump does veto, the House and the Senate will need a two-third majority vote to cancel Trump’s action.
“Republican Senators have a very easy vote this week,” Trump tweeted. “It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. It is an 80% positive issue. The Dems are 100% United, as usual, on a 20% issue, Open Borders and Crime. Get tough R’s!”