Trump Slams GOP Senators Voting Against His Emergency for Voting ‘With Pelosi’ as More Announce Opposition

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With a vote scheduled for Thursday afternoon, several more Republican senators have announced they will not be siding with President Donald Trump on his national emergency declaration, despite the president’s criticisms.

As IJR reported earlier, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) had all announced that they would side with Democrats and vote in favor of a bill that would block the president’s national emergency.

With just hours before the vote, several more Republicans have added their names to the list, including Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

The common reason cited by Republicans for their opposition to the bill is that they believe the president’s use of a national emergency to navigate around Congress is a bad precedent to set for future presidents. This point was highlighted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) call for Trump to declare a national emergency on gun violence.

In fact, Sen. Lee’s explanation for voting against Trump was because he wanted to see legislation that would scale back the National Emergencies Act altogether so that no future president can consider using the same methods to further campaign promises while usurping Congress, as IJR previously reported.

Lee told The Hill, “We tried to cut a deal, the president didn’t appear interested. I’ll be voting ‘yes.’”

Now, it appears as though Trump is interested in working out a deal on legislation against the National Emergencies Act in the future.

He took to Twitter to explain that Republicans shouldn’t vote with Pelosi. Instead, he urged them to vote with him and consider quashing the National Emergencies Act after he sneaks his national emergency through.

Trump reiterated the fact that he believes that casting a vote against his national emergency declaration is “a vote for Nancy Pelosi.”

Even if Republicans vote against Trump on Thursday afternoon, it does not look like they have a veto-proof majority to overturn a veto from the Oval Office. As IJR previously reported, President Trump has vowed to veto the bill. It will likely be the first veto of his presidency.

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Michael
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They are voting to correct course and take back authority the executive branch should never have had.

Rocky Drummond
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A “red ripple” is, finally, rising against Trump.

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