President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the US southern border will not be impeded by the obstructionist Congress, as Democrats were not able to get the necessary number of Republicans to flip in order to override Trump’s veto.
The Democrats in the House were able to garner a substantial majority in votes for their measure, 248-181, but ultimately fell short on Tuesday of the two-thirds needed to override Trump’s veto of a Democrat-pushed resolution to nullify Trump’s emergency measures declaration.
Trump released a tweet this afternoon thanking House Republicans for standing strong behind him:
Thank you to the House Republicans for sticking together and the BIG WIN today on the Border. Today’s vote simply reaffirms Congressional Democrats are the party of Open Borders, Drugs and Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
Trump’s unity message omits the fact that not every House Republican stood with him. There were 14 Republicans – Justin Amash of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Will Hurd of Texas, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, John Katko of New York, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Tom Rooney of Florida, Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Elise Stefanik of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Greg Walden of Oregon – who voted with the Democrats to stop emergency measures.
Rep. Amash, the Palestinian-American Congressman who protected Robert Mueller’s hoax investigation of Trump and even talked favorably of impeaching the President, opposed the emergency declaration because he apparently believes it’s unconstitutional to protect the border.
“If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it,” Amash said.
Amash’s partner-in-crime in Michigan, Rep. Upton, also voted with the Democrats today. Like his turncoat buddy, he hid behind the Constitution to do so.
“I have been a strong supporter of funding for border security and the wall … But like I have said, the Constitution is clear that spending originates in the Congress,” said Upton, who was a ‘Never Trumper’ that joined Amash in calling for Trump to quit weeks before the 2016 election, said in a statement. “That’s why I voted to override the President’s veto. Using a national emergency and taking money without Congress’ sign-off is an end-around and sets an unfortunate precedent.”
“This was not the process envisioned as written in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers,” he added.
Although the backstabbers failed at stopping Trump’s border security declaration, it still has many hurdles to go through in the biased, left-wing courts before it can ultimately be put into action. Democrats in Congress have boasted that they will continue their obstruction efforts as soon as they are allowed to do so under the law.
“In six months, the Congress will have another opportunity to put a stop to this President’s wrongdoing,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said in a joint statement.
Pelosi and Castro will have a hard time finding more RINOs in order to obtain success in opposing border security, as the majority of the Republican Party stands firmly behind their President.
“Keeping our nation secure should be the president’s very highest priority. With President Trump, there is no question he has and will continue to carry out this priority,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) said while debating on the floor before today’s vote. “He has very clearly laid out the case for a declaration for a national emergency. There is a crisis at the border.”
This victory is a small step forward, but Trump still has a long way to go before he can stem the crisis at the border and enact his ‘America First’ agenda.
BREAKING: Mitch McConnell Pledges to Bring Up Confirmation of New SCOTUS Justice for a Senate Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging to bring up a tentative Supreme Court nominee for confirmation before the November election.
Wow: looks like Mitch McConnell is willing to go for confirming a new Supreme Court Justice. pic.twitter.com/b1OYlehPc8
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell dispelled notions that the situation was similar to the 2016 blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, citing the Republican Majority in the Senate at the time. The President’s party controls the Senate this time around, and it increased its electoral majority in the 2018 election.
Liberally-inclined Republican Senators such as Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins could prove integral to confirming a SCOTUS nominee. The latter two have already stated that they wouldn’t vote to confirm a new justice during a presidential election season, even if the President’s party controlled the Senate.
Chuck Schumer is already pledging to block a new SCOTUS confirmation “until we have a new President,” suggesting he’s seeking to block Trump from even making a new SCOTUS appointment during his potential second term.
This Supreme Court battle could be one for the ages.
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