Senate votes against President Trump’s national emergency

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Senate Republicans gave President Trump a rare rebuke on Thursday. The Senate voting overwhelmingly to terminate the president’s emergency order for a border wall.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney voted against the President.

“For me, this is a constitutional question,” said Senator Romney. 

Utah Senator’s Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, and 10 other Republican senators split with President Trump and voted with Democrats, to terminate his emergency declaration on the southern border.

The president declared an emergency in February, ordering the military to use its money to build a border wall, even though Congress had refused to fund the project.

Republicans like Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander found themselves in agreement with Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.

“This declaration is a dangerous precedent,” said Senator Alexander.

“The framers gave Congress the power of the purse, it’s probably our greatest power,” said Senator Schumer.

Some conservative senators, including Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, applauded the president for taking action.

“We have delegated to the executive the power, to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, including by emergency declaration,” said Senator Cotton

President Trump lobbied Republicans in the final hours ahead of the vote to stand by the emergency declaration, but the president also made it clear he is prepared to veto the resolution.

“It’s not gonna be overturned,” said President Trump. “I think it’s been the legal scholars all say it’s totally constitutional.”

Congress would need the approval of a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override a veto.

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