With republican help the Senate has joined the House in rebuking President Trump over his national emergency declaration to build a border wall.
The president reacted shortly after the vote with a one-word tweet: “VETO!”
12 republicans joined democratic senators in supporting a resolution to terminate the national emergency, helping it pass 59 to 41. They argued the Constitution clearly states that Congress, not the president, has authority to appropriate money.
Several expressed fears that future presidents, perhaps democrats, could declare emergencies to fund programs conservatives disagree with.
“By declaring a national emergency, the president’s action comes into direct conflict with Congress’s authority to determine the appropriation of funds.” Said Senator Susan Collins.
“When hundreds of thousands of foreigners arrive at the southern border and demand entry, that’s not migration. That’s an emergency and a threat to our sovereignty.” Said Senator Tom Cotton.
The bill first passed the house in late February. The president now has 10 days to issue a formal veto.
While 59 votes were enough to pass the resolution, 67 votes are needed to override a presidential veto.