12 GOP senators join Dems to block Trump border declaration
Added 03-14-19 06:35:02pm EST - “Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats Thursday and voted to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency on the southwest border. Trump has vowed to veto the Democratic measure, which the House passed last…” - Washingtontimes.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats Thursday and voted to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the southwest border. Trump has vowed to veto the Democratic measure, which the House passed last month in a bid to stymie Trump’s efforts to spend billions of extra dollars on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Of the dozen GOP senators who went against Trump, just one - Maine Sen. Susan Collins - faces re-election next year.
- Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: “After a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.”
- Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the GOP leadership: “I was aggressively opposed to the Obama administration’s attempts to circumvent Congress’s appropriating authority to prop up” the health-care law known as Obamacare. “The same principle should apply regardless of which party occupies the White House.”
- Collins: “I’m sure (the president) will not be happy with my vote, but I’m a United States senator and feel my job is to stand up for the Constitution. So let the chips fall where they may.”
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