FoxNews.com reports that
Senate Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues on Thursday in voting to block President Trump’s border emergency declaration — a move that will prompt the president’s first-ever veto.
The president made his intentions crystal clear, tweeting “VETO!” moments after the resolution cleared Congress. The White House said Trump likely would issue the veto Friday.
The measure passed 59-41 as a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution, despite White House efforts to keep the GOP united on the issue of border security. Those GOP members who backed the resolution cited concerns about the expansion of presidential powers.
“I’m going to be voting in favor of the resolution of disapproval,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters ahead of the vote. “This is a constitutional question, it’s a question of the balance of power that is core to our constitution.”
“This is not about the president or border security, in fact I support border security, I support a barrier,” he said.
The other Republicans who voted to oppose the declaration were Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was “sympathetic” to Trump’s push to deal with the crisis at the border.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., before the vote, said he “takes his hat off” to Republicans voting with Democrats, while accusing Trump of “going around Congress” with the declaration.
“This is a momentous day,” he said, declaring that the balance of power was shifting back toward Congress.
The measure heads next to Trump’s desk, having previously passed the House. However, Trump plans to veto, and it’s unlikely the House and Senate could muster the required two-thirds majority to override.
Trump originally issued the emergency declaration last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the southern border. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall.
I have been posting my thoughts and opinions everyday since April of 2018.
Somewhere along the way, I coined the term “Vichy Republicans” to describe those professional politicians up on Capitol Hill who acted more like squishy left-leaning members of the opposite party than Rock-ribbed Republicans.
Instead, they were and apparently remain “go along to get along” milksops, whose closest thing to a spine which they could ever claim was found on the side of their college textbooks.
Now, just as they did throughout the nightmarish years of the Obama Administration, these Vichy Republicans have proven that they are clueless as to the wishes of the average American Voters who gave them their cushy government jobs.
Their fear as to what the next Democrat President might do in regards to issuing their own “Emergency Declarations” (assuming that the Dems ever have another Presidential Candidate elected), has apparently overwhelmed their concern for the safety of their fellow Americans and their compassion for the “Angel Moms” and other family members of those already murdered by illegal aliens who should not have been in our country to begin with.
The cluelessness of these Vichy Republicans also extends to a lack of understanding as to why none of their hand-picked 2016 Presidential Candidates became the 45th President of the United States of America and American Businessman and Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump was elected.
The simple reason for Trump’s election was average Americans’ anger as the Washingtonian Status Quo…the same status quo that was on display in the Senate, yesterday.
Americans voted for Trump because they wanted someone in the Oval Office who cared more about us than the opinion of their fellow politicians representing the Democratic Party. A party which, while holding the office of the presidency, attempted to flush America down the porcelain receptacle and replace our Constitutional Republic with a form of Marxism they euphemistically call “Democratic Socialism”.
Evidently, those 12 Republicans who voted with their Democratic Brethren yesterday, miss the days of the Washingtonian Status Quo.
President Trump, with the stroke of a pen, is about to remind them of the efficacy of his Presidential Powers.
He is trying to make America great again.
The Vichy Republicans in the Senate can either help him AND US AVERAGE AMERICANS in that effort or simply resign, like others of their ilk already have, and go home.
America has already experienced one Benedict Arnold.
We do not need any more.
Until He Comes,