Romney and 11 Other Republican Senators Mutiny Against Trump

Congress dared the President – so here comes ‘President Trump’ with a big first.

Trump declared a national emergency to get the funds he needed to start work on the border wall.

First the House, and just now the Senate, defied him by passing a resolution to block his emergency. From AP News:

The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump’s February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved.

The Senate is sending the bill to the President to cancel the national emergency, but Trump is not out of options.

And now he’s using one for the first time of his presidency.

VETO! our letters that strike FEAR into the heart of Congress. But Donald wasn’t done yet. He laid it all out for them:

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!

So Congress was willing to rebuke Trump by trying to revoke his National Emergency at the border.

They dared him to use his very first veto to stop them – and he’s calling their bluff and following through with his threat.

The good news for Trump? They don’t have anything close to a veto-proof majority, so after his veto, this is probably where it ends. For anyone who doesn’t know, there are dozens of national emergencies currently on the books. One million people are projected to cross our border this year. Even the mainstream media has reported this. Is that not an emergency?

Republicans say they are worried a Democrat president would use this power in the future for liberal goals. But what’s the real problem here? The Washington swamp has made little progress to fix the border problem over the last 50 years. As much as I love Ronald Reagan, even he made major compromises and the problem only got worse.

President Trump is finally doing something about it, and that won’t work for Washington. But Donald the Dealmaker is holding to his principles and protecting the border wall for the sake of the American people.

“That is why this issue is not about strengthening our border security, a goal that I support and have voted to advance … It is a solemn occasion involving whether or not this body will stand up for its institutional prerogatives and will support the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution,” stated Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. “We must stand up and defend Congress’s institutional powers as the framers intended that we would. Even when doing so is inconvenient or goes against the outcome that we might prefer.”

Other Republicans who cast their votes against Trump’s National Emergency declaration were Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Marco Rubio of Florida; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Rand Paul of Kentucky; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; Rob Portman of Ohio; Jerry Moran of Kansas; and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

According to Western Journal, “Neither chamber of Congress, based on the vote totals in passing the resolution, can override the expected veto.”

President Trump tweeted last minute, begging politicians to side with him.

“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress….,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

“A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!!” he wrote in a subsequent tweet.

There were Republicans who voiced their support for the President’s declaration.

“We have reached a moment of crisis, but it’s not a constitutional crisis. It’s a crisis at the border, a crisis of American sovereignty. When hundreds of thousands of foreigners arrive at the southern border and demand entry, that’s not migration. That an emergency,” stated Republican Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who stands with Trump.

Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado stated that the Democrats are at fault for the border problem.

“There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution,” Gardner stated, as reported by The Washington Post. “It should never have come to this, but in the absence of congressional action, the president did what Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused to do.”

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated on Thursday that passing the resolution proved to be a constitutional issue.

Schumer stated“This is not a normal vote. This will be a vote about the very nature of our Constitution and the separation of powers.”

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