TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Fifty-nine Senators, including a dozen Republicans, on Thursday voted in favor of the resolution of disapproval blocking Trump’s declaration and 41 others voted against it. The resolution passed the House last month, 245-182.
Trump was quick to respond by tweeting a single word of VETO.
With the emergency declaration, the president is seeking an alternative way to get billions of dollars for the wall after Congress declined to give him funding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called on Republicans to defeat the measure, which was approved in February by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.
Earlier in the day, Trump made an eleventh hour plea to Republican senators, and signaled he could be open to future changes to his emergency powers. But he also said that a vote for the resolution by Republicans would be vote for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as "Crime and the Open Border Democrats!"
“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress....” Trump said in one of his tweets.
McConnell supported Trump and said he was "operating within existing law.”
"Let me first say that I support the President's decision, so I will vote today to uphold it and reject this resolution of disapproval,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Senate passed another resolution, urging the government to cease its support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, rejecting Trump's policy toward the kingdom.
The Senate passed the resolution by a 54 to 46 tally, seeking to halt any US military involvement in the conflict, including providing targeting support for Saudi airstrikes, without authorization from Congress.
Introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee and Chris Murphy, the resolution will scale back the US role in and American military assistance for Saudi war on Yemen ahead of the fourth anniversary of the day when the Saudi-led coalition started its campaign against the impoverished nation.
The resolution now heads to the Democrat-led House of Representatives, which is expected to overwhelmingly pass it, possibly this month.
Sanders, a co-sponsor of the text, has called the Saudi war on Yemen a humanitarian and strategic disaster.
The resolution sets the foundation for what could become Trump’s first presidential veto, as White House advisers said earlier in the day that Trump would veto the resolution.
Source: Press TV