US Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency, president vows veto

The U.S.-Mexico border where the fence becomes a small barbed wire fence west of Nogales Ariz

The U.S.-Mexico border where the fence becomes a small barbed wire fence west of Nogales Ariz

The Republican-run Senate firmly rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. Earlier, he predicted at the White House that Congress will be unable to overturn his veto. Mitt Romney voted for the Democratic measure to disapprove Trump's order, which passed 59-41. Trump had warned against both actions.

"VETO!" he tweeted shortly after the vote.

Two years into the Trump era, a defecting dozen Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, showed a willingness to take that political risk.

McConnell said 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 Senate is waking up a little bit to our responsibilities", Alexander said. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

But Democrats and some Republicans point to Congress's constitutional duty to control government purse strings - and say declaring an emergency to seize more money is an abuse of executive authority.

But in a floor speech explaining his reversal, Tillis said he would vote against the resolution in hopes of facilitating future debate around what constitutes an emergency actions. "This is not about the president", he added. "The president's emergency declaration undermines the fundamental constitutional principle of the separation of powers, and it sets a risky precedent that future presidents could use to advance controversial policies". Seven Republicans joined Democrats in halting USA backing for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the aftermath of the kingdom's role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A House of Representatives leadership aide said there would likely be a vote to attempt to override Trump's promised veto on March 26 after lawmakers return from a one-week recess.

Centrist Maine GOP Sen. Many in Congress say effective border security requires a range of law enforcement tools. "But I'm a United States senator and I feel my job is to stand up for the Constitution, so let the chips fall where they may". "The same principle should apply regardless of which party occupies the White House".

Though Trump seems sure to prevail in that battle, it remains noteworthy that lawmakers of both parties resisted him in a fight directly tied to his cherished campaign theme of erecting a border wall.

In the first two years of his term, the Republican-led Congress mostly accommodated Trump, which spared him from having to use his veto pen.

Trump appreciates Pelosi's 'statement against impeachment'
Compromise could win over GOP senators opposing Pres. Trump's order

Even with a veto threat looming, senators and legal experts said Congress was sending a message that could be cited by judges in several lawsuits challenging Trump's emergency declaration. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on internal deliberations. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on the Senate floor, in announcing his support for the resolution. He blamed the media for "reaching" to view every action "through the prism of the presidency, and that isn't necessarily the way it works here".

Congress declined and the result was the longest shutdown in US history.

At stake are billions of dollars in funding for barriers along the U.S. -Mexico border that Trump is demanding but Congress has refused to fully provide. Tillis wrote in a Washington Post opinion column last month that there'd be "no intellectual honesty" in backing Trump after his repeated objections about executive overreach by President Barack Obama.

The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, and lawmakers seethed as they anxious about losing money for military projects that had already been approved for bases at home and overseas. The stalemate led to a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in January.

Senator Mitt Romney, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, opposed Trump on the declaration, saying he cast his vote "for the constitution and for the balance of power that is at its core".

The most promising was an effort from Sen.

Notably, of the GOP senators up for reelection in 2020 who could be vulnerable, just Collins voted against Trump. Trump told Lee in a phone call Wednesday that he would not support his bill.

Lee and other senators were peeling off against the president.

That was enough of a signal for GOP Sen.

"To make clear, a border fence, a border barrier is a policy that I support, wholeheartedly, unequivocally, " said Sen. But on Thursday, he did.

Building containing school collapses in Nigeria's Lagos: emergency agency
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has vowed to demolish all illegal school buildings in the Ita Faji area of the state . Mr Esinlokun said that the Lagos State Government would ensure that victims of the incident were treated in hospitals for free.

Latest News