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Senate passes measure to end national emergency

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/14/19, 04:12 pm

UPDATE: In a 59-41 vote Thursday, the Senate decided to terminate President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to secure funds for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The president has promised to veto the resolution, which passed the House by a 245-182 vote on Feb. 26. Congress likely will not have the needed two-thirds majority in each chamber to overturn what could be the first veto of the Trump presidency.

In the House vote last month, 13 Republicans voted with Democrats to terminate the national emergency. The number of Senate defections would have been 13, too, but Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., changed his mind and decided to vote against the resolution despite having expressed his support for it in a February Washington Post op-ed column.

The 12 GOP senators who voted for the resolution to end the declaration were Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The resolution is the first time Congress has rejected a presidential emergency since the National Emergencies Act passed in 1976.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (12:23 p.m.): WASHINGTON—The Senate is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration in a bipartisan vote Thursday. The president declared a national emergency on Feb. 15 to fulfill his campaign promise to construct a wall at the U.S. southern border. The declaration allows Trump to access about $3.5 billion to add to funds already appropriated by Congress and pulled from other sources for border security. The resolution blocking the national emergency passed easily in the House of Representatives on Feb. 26.

In an attempt to hold the party together, some Republicans pushed for a compromise bill limiting the president’s power to declare emergencies in the future. Trump shot down that idea Wednesday in a phone call with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Soon afterward, Lee became the fifth GOP senator to side with Democrats and support the resolution against the declaration. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina have also said they would vote with their Democratic colleagues. Several Republican senators have refused to say how they will vote, including Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Mitt Romney of Utah. The White House is bracing for as many as a dozen defections.

On Wednesday, seven GOP senators also broke with the president to vote against further U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war. In response, Trump is expected to issue his first and second presidential vetoes. To override a veto, Congress would need a two-thirds majority in each chamber, a near impossibility in the Republican-held Senate.

Ultimately, the president’s emergency declaration likely will remain intact. “I am prepared to veto, if necessary,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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    Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 04:33 pm

    This is a very good reason why MANY do nothing Republicans were VOTED OUT!

    If they can't help TRUMP with security, then I hope they get voted out too.

    The Dems always seem to get what they want no matter who SEEMS to be in charge. So what is the point in voting Rep.?

    Business as usual.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 06:37 pm

    I agree that the R’s in Congress who keep voting against Pres. Trump need to be gone.  

    But don’t let yourself get carried away thinking it always goes the Dems’ way. We got 2 relatively conservative Supreme Court Justices, and Planned Parenthood isn’t getting as much of our tax dollars, among other things. (Those 2 things just the first that came to mind)

    More to come. Keep the faith. Stay the course. Chin up!  

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 06:52 pm

    As Mark Steyn likes to say: "When Republicans win elections, they're in office. When Democrats win elections, they're in power."

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    Paul Petry
    Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 05:02 pm

    So they just vote and POOF!
    No more emergency?
    Just like that?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 06:42 pm

    Congress can vote that the sky is green.  Doesn’t  make it so. 

    Actually, I wish Pres. Trump would issue an order that the sun must come up in the East and set in the West. Then we could all enjoy the spectacle of the Dems and their fellow-travelers arguing that’s not going to happen!

    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 04:02 pm

    Good one!

    I wonder how many of our "educated" children know where the East is from the West.

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 06:27 am

    Thanks for the update Harvest. I guess it is as deep as the Sift is meant to go. But it would be nice to hear the reasons for the voting. On the surface the partisan response is that a vote for that legislation is a vote against border security or an open rebuke to President Trump. But when reading some of their reasonings we see that it is not always that simple and straight forward. Good well meaning people vote both ways. Curious times as we watch Western culture's, and America's, demise. The problem is not so called Border Security, or the Supreme Court, or Executive decisions. As important as all of these things are to our country. Our problems are much deeper as the all out attack continues against the savior of our souls. Having crossed the Rubicon (kudos to Andre Seu Peterson) our issues are not partisan politics or President Trump's tweets or the acrimonious responses and ongoing public discourse. We sit back and pray for Supreme Court justices as if this is all American needs. We currently have the government we deserve. This is our fault.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 04:52 pm

    YES!  See my response below!

    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 03:40 pm

    Good one Big Jim!

    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 03:56 pm

    It does get discouraging at times, especially when I see Pelosi's smirk. 

    I know God is still in power, but how low will he allow us to go? Our country pushes abortion among other stuff. 

    I quit going to church not too long ago. It was difficult talking to people who vote for Dems/abortion. 

    This one very old "Christian" woman was extremely mad when Obama won, and not Hillary. When she voiced it I was shocked! 

    Another older woman in our church was a Dem. I said I wanted to talk to her son (a leader/teacher in our church) about why he votes Dem. I was curious because I respected him. She yelled at me. (I knew this woman for years. She taught our daughter in sunday school.) This is how Dems discuss stuff. No, they don't discuss. It's their way or no way. The end (winning) justifies the means (anyone can vote). 

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    Posted: Tue, 04/02/2019 02:13 am

    You really need to go to church news2me. If you don’t like the one you are going now, go find another more conservative one! Politics doesn’t trump church- or at least it shouldn’t!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 03/16/2019 12:30 am

    Sometimes stuff like this is so discouraging, we throw up our hands and tell ourselves, “There just seems to be nothing We the People can do about it.”

    Wrong!  Prior to the last election, the midterms, I made up a short list of Republican Senate candidates who were challenging liberal incumbents, and who had some hopes of actually unseating the incumbent.  Then I sent out campaign contributions. I’m not rich, but could afford a few hundred. Several of those I supported WON, including Josh Hawley, running in Missouri against Claire McCaskill, and Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee. (Names of others I supported don’t come immediately to mind.)

    Did my modest contributions “cause” any of those Republican wins? Haha!  I’m sure they helped, but the big boost might have actually been to my morale, and to my sense of having played a small part in fighting back rather than just moaning and groaning. 

    I also sent short letters stating, “I am supporting you because of your stand on ...”. And I also wrote a few short letters to some lib incumbents:  “I am financially supporting your Republican opponent because...”. (a little bit of a downer for their morale)  This is as vital as contributions.  The pols on both sides MUST be made aware We the People are paying attention.  (Use email only for your own district’s politicians—most email systems now screen out anyone who is not in a pol’s own constituency)

    Folks, our system is intended to be participatory, not a spectator sport!  Our Nation is in such sad shape partly because of how many of us have sat on our hands instead of taking active roles.  DO NOT DO THAT!  DO NOT GIVE UP!  

    I now have the Repubs who voted against Pres. Trump on this issue, on a special list.  When they are up for re-election, they will be receiving “special” attention from me.  It IS possible to make a difference!

    Edit to add:  I no longer send a dime to the Republican National Committee, nor ANY of the many other Republican organizations that purport to be raising money for the various Republican Senate or House candidates.  Some of that money, maybe even a majority of it, goes to the very same RINOs who have long ignored the express will of We the American People!  My contributions go straight to the campaigns of candidates whose record I have checked and approve.  Don’t forget—the national Republicans were very much against Mr. Trump’s candidacy and worked hard to keep him from being nominated.  It is those people still opposing Pres. Trump who are responsible for slow progress in things like stopping the funding of abortion,  securing our border, etc  


    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 07:02 pm

    My husband and I do our homework and always vote. Our daughter also votes.

    We don't give money to people running for office. I wonder if they only listen if you donate to their campaign.

    I wish we could put up signs, but we live in a liberal city. I loved watching those videos about people getting zapped for removing Trump signs in 2016. You would think it was a free country to put up signs for your choice but it only seems to be free for liberals. No respect for personal property. 

    Sometimes I think the people chosen for us to vote for are chosen by liberals. (McCain is a good example.) 

    Thanks for the suggestions.