Yesterday late evening the House passed Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro’s sponsored resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. The final vote count was 245-182. All Democrats followed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s command ensuring all Democrats voted yea, and 13 Republicans followed.
The Republican-controlled Senate now has 18 days to vote on the resolution. If the Senate passes the resolution, Trump will issue his first veto as president.
As of this morning, only three Republicans (Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina) stated they will vote with Democrats. Entirely, the Senate is split 53-47, meaning Democrats must get one more vote in order for the resolution to pass.
The resolution only requires a simple majority and cannot be filibustered.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed with reporters that the vote will happen before March 18. McConnell has publicly said he will vote against the resolution and put his support behind the president.
Trump has continued to voice the importance of the national emergency declaration.
Trump tweeted, “I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security. Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country — and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats ‘trap’ of Open Borders and Crime!”
NPR reported that Vice President Mike Pence and a Department of Justice senior lawyer spoke with Republicans on Capito Hill regarding Trump’s authority to use emergency powers to bypass Congress.
Pence has continually been courting GOP lawmakers, and explainingimportancertant of building a wall along the most challenging areas of the Rio Grande River along the southern border.
White House officials and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have continually asserted that Trump has the authority to use federal funds for a national emergency just as former President Barack Obama did in 2014.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) said, “In 2014, President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis at our southern border because 120,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended. As of today, we have already apprehended 120,000 in Fiscal Year 2019. The problems of 2014 are only getting worse.”
Graham has publicly continued to slam Democrats for their flip-flop regarding the humanitarian crisis along the Mexico-U.S. border.