Posted by 14 March 2019
The Senate today joined the House of Representatives in voting to terminate President Trump’s border emergency.
By a vote of 59-41, the Senate voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 46. This resolution would end the national emergency declared by President Trump in February to shift federal funds around to build a border wall. Twelve Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting for this measure.
Under the National Emergencies Act, the law that allows President Trump to declare an emergency, Congress has the authority to pass a resolution to terminate that emergency declaration. Both houses of Congress must pass the resolution, and it is subject to the president’s veto.
The House of Representatives passed the same resolution in late February by a vote of 245-182. However, the majorities in the House and Senate for approval were not large enough to meet the threshold to override the promised veto by President Trump.
This is not the end of the fight over the emergency declaration, however. Sixteen states are suing the federal government over this issue.
Do you support the vote in the House and Senate to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration allowing him to build a border wall?