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.

James
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By that you mean 10 U.S.Code Section 284 giving the POTUS the legal authority he can use and the National Emergency Act of 1976 should be repealed? If that is the case, then the remaining 31 active emergency declarations of the 58 total under the seven Presidents since 1976 need… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

While I agree that Obama also overstepped the authority granted POTUS, your continued use of juvenile nicknmes tends to diminish your authority on any subject.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

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

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

12 is more than a ripple, but less than a Red Wave.—But it is 5 more than voted against Trump/Kushner interest in Saudi war in Yemen. The House passed unanimously to release to the public the Mueller Report.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

The point is that a few months ago there would be no ripple at all.

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

Trump’s first 2 yrs there was grandstanding, but only 1 vote where the majority of R’s stood up to Trump. Still plenty of grandstanders, only 12 with guts to stand up to the bullying threat. I hope Trump is not counting the 41 R’s that are afraid of mean tweets… Read more »

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