Trump issues first veto, overrules Congress on border wall funding

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspires Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted Thursday shortly after the Senate passed the resolution condemning Trump's unilateral action.

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress. Unless more Republicans defect from the president's position, neither margin would be sufficient to override a veto.

When a deal to prevent another shutdown did not give him the funding he requested, Trump declared a national emergency, redirecting funds that were allocated for other projects to build the barrier instead.

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.

The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time. The House had passed the same resolution last month largely along party lines.

"This is a constitutional question, it's a question of the balance of power that is core to our constitution", Sen. 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.

Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday.

"I'd like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL". Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats on the issue. But after Trump said he opposed that legislation, Lee eventually backed the measure to rebuff Trump. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country.

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