Donald Trump Uses "Trump Card" On Resolution Blocking Border Wall Funding
Mar 16 2019
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 along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Trump's veto came a day after 12 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution, despite last-minute efforts between the White House and GOP lawmakers to keep the Republican Party united.
His re-election campaign also sought to raise money on the issue, sending a message to supporters in Trump's name that read, "I look forward to VETOING the Dem inspired OPEN BORDERS & Pro-Crime resolution!"
Republicans who voted against the resolution want money to be there to secure the border, but wanted that to happen through the appropriations process, not through an executive order, said Barrasso, adding that he would have also preferred to do it that way.
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.
It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.
Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall. "To me, border security is national security". "The President's emergency Proclamation reasonably described the current situation as an ongoing "border security and humanitarian crisis".
"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said.
Senator Thom Tillis, another senator up for re-election in a politically divided state, had announced last month that he would vote for the disapproval resolution. 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.
Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.