Trump poised to veto border emergency rebuke

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

"Today I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said, flanked by law enforcement officials at an Oval Office event.

President Trump used his veto pen for the first time Friday, after Congress tried to reverse his national emergency declaration and rein in spending on a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.

It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto.

The pen that U.S. President Donald Trump used to sign his veto of the congressional resolution to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall sits on the Resolute desk as he signs the veto during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office
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Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall. Trump has attempted to coax Republicans into voting his way on the issue and painted those who vote against him as standing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and for crime and open borders. The resolution had previously passed the Democrat-controlled House.

Alexander added that he shares the president's goal of border security, but warned allowing Trump to redirect money without authorization could set a unsafe precedent. The dozen senators who went against the White House were Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Roger Wicker of MS, and Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, both of Utah.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.

Lee proposed a version of the resolution that would have restricted future emergency declarations while grandfathering in Trump's, but he couldn't reach a compromise agreement with the White House, and the plan fizzled. But after Trump said he opposed that legislation, Lee eventually backed the measure to rebuff Trump.

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