The Hill, March 14, 2019
The Senate voted on Thursday to nix President Trump’s national emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, setting up the first veto battle with his White House.
The vote remains open, but more than 50 senators have backed the resolution, securing its passage. At least nine Senate Republicans were poised to join every Democrat in opposing the president's declaration.
The measure passed the House last month, 245-182.
The resolution now heads to Trump’s desk, where he is expected to use the first veto of his presidency to defeat it. Neither chamber has the vote override the president.
Trump made an 11th hour plea to Republican senators, reiterating his pledge to veto the resolution and signaling he could be open to future changes to his emergency powers and even accusing Democrats who voted yes of standing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress....” Trump said in a string of tweets. ...
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