Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

Trump's veto came a day after 12 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution, despite last-minute efforts between the White House and GOP lawmakers to keep the Republican Party united.

Lee proposed a version of the resolution that would have restricted future emergency declarations while grandfathering in Trump's, but he couldn't reach a compromise agreement with the White House, and the plan fizzled.

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.

A dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving the joint resolution on Thursday, which capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways.

"Today I am vetoing this resolution".


Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday.

Trump wants to use the emergency order to redirect billions in federal dollars earmarked for defense spending toward the southern border wall.

In declaring an emergency on February 15, Trump cited drug smuggling across the border from Mexico (misleading), the drop in crime in El Paso, Texas, after a partial border barricade was built there (not true) and reports of women kidnapped, bound with tape and trafficked into the United States across unguarded sections of the border (no evidence exists of this). "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!" he said.

"I'd like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL".

"We had a war against a king in the American revolution", said Sen. Last month, roughly 76,000 people tried, including 43,000 children and family members, many fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. It still faces several legal challenges in federal court. The large numbers have put a strain on immigration enforcement, although critics say a wall would do little to discourage the crossings since many of those apprehended at the border turn themselves in voluntarily. Attorney General William Barr is also at the President's veto event.

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