November 18, 2019
Politics

Senate Fails to Override Trump Veto Over Funding for Border Wall

The Senate didnt get enough votes to override President Donald Trumps veto of a resolution that, if it had gone through, would have ended the emergency declaration that included an order to use national security funds to build the wall at the southern border.

The vote on Thursday was 53-36.

Ten Republicans sided with Democrats in voting to try to override the veto: Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Trump vetoed an identical resolution from the House on March 15, a day after the Senate approved that resolution 59-41.

“Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said, calling the congressional resolution “reckless” and “dangerous.”

He said the flood of illegal immigrants amounted to an “invasion,” adding that there is “nowhere left to hold all of the people that were capturing.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who opposed the resolution, said he believed Trump was “operating within existing law” and that if senators did not like the powers provided to the president under the National Emergencies Act, “then they should amend it.”

The House tried and failed to override Trumps veto of H.J. Res. 46 about two weeks later. The vote was 248-181.

Trump declared a national emergency on the border on Feb. 15.

The Senate on Sept. 25 passed the new resolution, S.J. Res. 54, 54-41.

Border Patrol agents overlook the Rio Grande towards Mexico on the Roma Bluffs near Rio Grande City, Texas, on March 22, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
Border Patrol apprehends illegal aliens who have just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Eleven Republicans voted with Democrats. Ten were the same as this week. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) also voted for the resolution in that case.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622), the national emergency declaRead More – Source

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