Senate Republicans failed to stop a resolution to end the president’s national emergency. Twelve Republican Senators decided not to back Trump.
“The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday to end the president’s national emergency resolution. The bill passed through the Senate as well as the House; however, both times the resolution did not receive enough votes to override a presidential veto.
President Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation.
Although most Senate Republicans voted with the president and affirmed both his constitutional authority and his initiative to secure America’s southern border through a national emergency declaration, twelve Republicans decided to join Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to end the national emergency.
The twelve Senate Republicans who voted with Democrats to end the national emergency include:
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)”
“Two years into the Trump era, a defecting dozen Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, showed a willingness to take that political risk. Twelve GOP senators, including the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney of Utah, joined the dissent over the emergency declaration order that would enable the president to seize for the wall billions of dollars Congress intended elsewhere.
“The Senate’s waking up a little bit to our responsibilities,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who said the chamber had become “a little lazy” as an equal branch of government. “I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place.
Many senators said the vote was not necessarily a rejection of the president or the wall, but protections against future presidents — namely a Democrat who might want to declare an emergency on climate change, gun control or any number of other issues.
“This is a constitutional question, it’s a question about the balance of power that is core to our constitution,” Romney said. “This is not about the president,” he added. “The president can certainly express his views as he has and individual senators can express theirs.”
Some of these Senators might claim that they were thinking ahead and claim that Trump is setting a precedent that could come back at them when a Dem takes office. But in doing so they have failed the American people who live along the border and those that fall victim to the bad elements that come across the border. Luckily Trump can still Veto it.