US senators vote to terminate national emergency
In a fresh rebuke, the Republican-controlled US Senate has passed a proposal to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border.
According to Press TV, fifty-nine Senators, including a dozen Republicans, on Thursday voted in favor of the resolution of disapproval blocking Trump’s declaration and 41 others voted against it. The resolution passed the House last month, 245-182.
Trump was quick to respond by tweeting a single word of VETO.
With the emergency declaration, the president is seeking an alternative way to get billions of dollars for the wall after Congress declined to give him funding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called on Republicans to defeat the measure, which was approved in February by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.
Earlier in the day, Trump made an eleventh hour plea to Republican senators, and signaled he could be open to future changes to his emergency powers. But he also said that a vote for the resolution by Republicans would be vote for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as "Crime and the Open Border Democrats!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
Sanders, a co-sponsor of the text, has called the Saudi war on Yemen a humanitarian and strategic disaster.
The resolution sets the foundation for what could become Trump’s first presidential veto, as White House advisers said earlier in the day that Trump would veto the resolution.