A dozen Senate Republicans showed some independence on Thursday when they voted to cancel President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border, a major rebuke from members of his own party. Trump has said he will veto the resolution, however, and not enough Republicans in the House or Senate have said they oppose the emergency to reach the two-thirds majorities needed to override the veto. Trump declared the emergency in February to secure funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but his administration hasn’t taken any action begin construction. Trump resorted to using emergency powers after failing to convince Congress to allocate $5 billion to wall construction. The White House and Senate Republicans had tried to head off Thursday’s disapproval vote by drafting legislation to curtail a president’s emergency powers.
Source: Huffington Post March 14, 2019 18:56 UTC