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Senate rejects Trump’s emergency declaration, veto imminent

Posted by / March 15, 2019

Following a House vote to override Trump’s national emergency proclamation, twelve Senate Republicans broke ranks and also voted against the proclamation in a 59-41 vote. To see which Republicans broke ranks, see this Politico run down. The vote sets Trump up for the first veto of his presidency. Unsurprisingly, Trump took to Twitter almost as soon as the news broke to express his displeasure and his intent:

Followed by a slightly more articulate tweet, “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!”

The support of twelve Republicans is a serious rebuke to Trump, who used the national emergency declaration to attempt to avoid congressional budgetary approval for his vaunted border wall. Earlier this week, seven Republicans voted against Trump’s wishes and voted to end US involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Trump is also expected to veto that bill.

Thus we enter a new stage in the Trump presidency. Time will tell if Congress can muster enough votes for a veto override. In the case of the national emergency declaration, they would only need seven more votes.

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