Unpleasant news from the White House this week. The Senate has officially passed a resolution to overturn the President’s national emergency border declaration. In what is being referred to by the Left as a “strong rebuke,” the overwhelming 59 to 41 vote effectively removed the President’s power to enact executive action.
While the resolution is a blow to Trump’s progress, it isn’t the open-and-shut case Democrats would have you believe. Instead, it’s more about a failure on the part of Congress and the law itself.
We’ll share what we know here.
- 12 Senate Republicans voted in support of the resolution. Names included Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
- It’s important to note, however, that a vote FOR the resolution is not necessarily the same thing as a vote against Trump. In fact, many of the Republican leaders who voted for the resolution struggled with their decision for weeks leading up to the event. Nearly all cited concerns with the laws surrounding trump’s declaration, stating that it amounts to “executive overreach.”
- All 12 of the Republicans who voted for the resolution are staunch Trump supporters who are loyal to the President. Instead of voting against the President, they voted against bad precedent and an uncertain future in Democratic hands.
- The problem is what might happen the next time a DNC leader takes office. Will allowing borderline executive overreach now (for the sake of national security) eventually lead to abuse of the laws for Liberal gains later? For example, could a Liberal government force a national emergency to shut down the coal industry, citing “climate change” as a driving factor?
- Mike Lee (R-Utah) explained his concerns. “This is not about my disagreement with or disapproval of the President or his approach to border security…or his desire to build a barrier [wall]. I think all of those things should happen,” he said. “But this law is wrong, Mr. President.”
- Lee was also quick to exclude Trump from taking fault for the resolution. “It’s not President Trump’s Fault; it’s Congress’s,” he insisted. “We need to change it. He’s referring to the fact that the law, as it stands, gives the President too much power to exercise executive action in situations where it may not necessarily be warranted.
- Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) agrees. “I believe the use of emergency powers in this circumstance violates the Constitution,” he explained. “This continues our country down the path of all powerful executive — something those who wrote the Constitution were fearful of.”
- A spokesperson for President Trump dismissed the vote, saying it wouldn’t hold the President back from moving forward with construction. Trump still has the option to veto the resolution and force the government’s hand; he plans to use it as early as Friday.
Have faith, friends. Democratic corruption will not bring our President down. While this may be a temporary setback, that’s all it is. The President’s veto on Friday will effectively re-initiate his ability to protect us from harm once again.
In the meantime, we have options. We can pray for the President. We can cheer him on. And we can write letters or call political leaders and urge them to support the President during his time of need.
After all, we all want the same thing: to Make America Great again.
** UPDATED MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019
Trump Vetoes Resolution to End National Emergency
The President will move forward with a plan to veto Congress’s resolution to end his right to declare a National Emergency over the Mexican-American border wall. Trump officially signed his name to the document on Friday, March 15, during a live broadcast from the White House.
Seated in the Oval Office, and flanked by Vice President Mike Pence as well as several other GOP leaders, President Trump spoke of commitment and hope. “Members of my cabinet, devoted public servants, and angel parents…very important people to me,” he said. “I want to thank you for being here for me… as we take action to restore our national sovereignty and defend this nation from criminal cartels, human traffickers and drug smugglers — crime of all kinds coming through our southern borders…
”Yesterday Congress passed a dangerous resolution that would put countless Americans in danger,” he continued. “Consistent with the law and the legislative process created by our founders, today I am vetoing this decision. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto. I’m very proud to veto it.”
The power of veto effectively allows the President to re-initiate the national emergency and draw nearly $8.6 billion in funds from other sources to construct the wall.