Trump uses first veto to stop Congress from halting national emergency

16 March, 2019, 02:31 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • 039;Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution,' Trump said

President Trump on Friday used the first veto of his administration to reject a bipartisan resolution that sought to block his declaration of a national emergency at the border, a move nearly certain to kill the measure.

The resolution passed the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled House by a large majority and officially registers a rebuke of Trump's action. "Yesterday, Congress passed a unsafe resolution that if signed into law would put countless Americans in danger, very grave danger", he said, sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office.

According to News 6 partner Florida Today, Ivey was among 50 sheriffs who appeared with Trump in D.C.to talk immigration and border security back in September.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said at a March 6 congressional hearing that "we are on track to encounter close to 1 million illegal aliens at our southern border this year". But after Trump said he opposed that legislation, Lee eventually backed the measure to rebuff Trump.

"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is", Trump said Friday.

Many lawmakers said the vote was not necessarily a rejection of the president or the wall, but protections against future presidents - namely a Democrat who might want to declare an emergency on climate change, gun control or any number of other issues. It is definitely a national emergency.

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Twelve Republicans had defected from the president to ensure the state of emergency declaration's failure in the Senate. But for those who broke from party ranks to vote for the termination resolution, the president said they were "doing what they have to do", adding that he did not pressure them for their vote. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "This would be the first time that a president has ever asked for a certain amount of money from Congress, Congress has refused to provide it, and then the president has declared a national emergency under the 1976 act and said, 'I'm going to spend the money anyway'".

In challenging Trump on Thursday, only one Republican who is up for re-election next year - Susan Collins of ME - voted for the disapproval resolution.

President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, on February 15.

He said the vote against the president was also a vote "against the America people and their safety and security".

Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

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