The border crisis may no longer be an offical “national emergency” since the Senate voted to kill Trump’s declaration of one at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Senate just passed a resolution in order to revoke the national emergency declaration, which President Trump was using to get funds to build the border wall since Congress would not work with him to get it built.
The resolution passed 54-41 – out of which 11 Republicans sided with Democrats to kill the national emergency declaration!
That said, President Trump could still veto the decision, since the resolution failed to pass with enough support to be veto-proof.
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CBS News has more to say about the Senate's resolution:
The Senate voted again Wednesday to terminate President Trump's declaration of national emergency at the southern border.
Eleven Republican senators joined Democrats in voting to end the emergency declaration. The declaration, issued in February, says that the situation at the southern border is a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens U.S. national security. Mr. Trump made the declaration so that he could unilaterally build a border wall despite the fact that Congress did not appropriate the funds for him to do so. Under the declaration, President Trump diverted funding from congressionally approved military construction projects to pay for border barriers.
The administration has so far reprogrammed about $6.1 billion in funding for the construction of border barriers.
In March, the Senate voted to reject the emergency declaration, but the president promptly vetoed the measure and instructed the Department of Defense to divert funds for a border wall. The House of Representatives failed to override the veto.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is targeting Republican incumbents who voted against terminating the emergency declaration that diverts money from defense projects in their states.
CNBC also said:
The Senate voted Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over the southern border for the second time.
Still, the Republican-held chamber fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s likely veto of the measure. The Senate voted 54-41 to terminate the emergency, as 11 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the resolution. Earlier this year, 12 GOP senators voted with Democrats. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., supported the measure in March but did not vote Wednesday.
Democrats forced the latest vote in part to put pressure on GOP senators who backed Trump’s declaration earlier this year. The Pentagon this month outlined the military construction projects from which it would divert $3.6 billion to building border barriers.
Trump declared an emergency in February in order to allocate money for his proposed border wall after he failed to get his desired funds from Congress, which has the power of the purse. He also could not get the Mexican government to pay for the project, despite his repeated promises to do so during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Lawmakers voted to terminate the emergency in March but did not have enough support to override the president’s veto. By law, Congress can try to block the declaration every six months.
Among the names of Republicans that voted to kill the border crisis national emergency declaration were, of course, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee.
Breitbart has more details on the Republicans that voted with Democrats to kill the declaration:
The Senate passed S.J. Res. 54, 54-41, which would terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration on the southern border. The resolution was created by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
Sen. Collins said the bill is not about “whether you’re for or against a border wall.” The Maine senator, who is up for a tough reelection fight in 2020, claimed that she has “consistently supported” funding for physical barriers on the southern border.
However, Congress has failed to provide significant funding to help secure America’s southern border by building a border wall. With Congress’ failure to provide funding, President Trump declared a national emergency to build the border wall, which diverted military funding so that the president can build a wall along the southern border.
The Republicans that voted for the resolution to end the national emergency to build a border wall are Sens. Collins, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH).
The vote arises as the Pentagon announced in September that they will delay or suspend 127 military construction projects so that $3.6 billion can be diverted to help secure America’s southern border.