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President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office on March 14, 2019. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption
The Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration at the U.S. Mexico border, putting Congress on a path to its first veto confrontation with the Trump administration.
Twelve Republicans voted with all Senate Democrats to approve the resolution. The Democratic-controlled House approved it last month, 245 to 182, with just 13 House Republicans breaking with the White House.
North Carolina GOP Senator Thom Tillis penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post on Feb 25 saying he would vote for the resolution blocking the president's actions to go around Congress to build a border wall, but reversed himself and opposed it on Thursday.
At stake is nearly $6 billion in federal funds that President Trump redirected in a Feb. 15 emergency declaration. The White House is seeking to take that money from accounts at the Treasury and Defense Departments to build physical barriers along the U.S. Mexico border. The president made the order after Congress agreed on a bipartisan basis to provide $1.375 billion in wall funds for this fiscal year, but Trump said it wasn't enough.
A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
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RT @KamalaHarris: Donald Trump is apparently planning to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build his medieval vanity proj…
RT @protctdemocracy: More than 100 former members of Congress filed a brief supporting our lawsuit against the President's emergency declar…
@BernieSanders If the Supreme Court upholds Drumpf’s bogus emergency declaration in order to steal money to build h… https://t.co/5rSHdjHUUx