Republicans Have Pissed Off Donald Trump By Turning Down His Wall Plan Now Theyre Just Hoping He Doesnt Take It Too Personally
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Three Republican Senators Have Publicly Said They Will Vote Against The Emergency Declaration To Build A Southern Border Wall
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WASHINGTON — Senate opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border have moved very close to having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican suggested the president risks a rebuff by the GOP-led chamber if he doesn’t change course.
Trump’s move would “turn a border crisis into a constitutional crisis,” veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander said on the Senate floor Thursday. But he stopped just short of saying he’d support a resolution blocking the president’s move. Had Alexander pledged his vote, it would probably be enough for the Senate to pass a measure repealing the emergency declaration.
Speaking later to reporters, Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, warned what might happen if Trump doesn’t settle for using other money he can access without declaring an emergency.
“He can build a wall and avoid a dangerous precedent and I hope he’ll do that,” Alexander said. “So that would change the voting situation if he would agree to do that.”
The Democratic-led House voted Tuesday to upend Trump’s declaration, which he declared to circumvent Congress and funnel billions of extra dollars to erecting his proposed wall.
Trump has promised to veto the effort to thwart him, and Congress seems all but certain to lack the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed to override his veto. But the showdown puts GOP lawmakers in a ticklish spot that party leaders are hoping to ease.
These 12 Republicans Defied Trump And Voted To Overturn His Declaration Of An Emergency At The Border
Twelve Republican senators defied President Trump on Thursday, rebuffing his public and private pleas for GOP unity and voting for a resolution overturning his declaration of a national emergency at the border.
The vote marked congressional Republicans’ first significant defection from Trump in more than two years. Throughout his presidency, he has enjoyed almost universal support from his party save for a few GOP lawmakers who bucked him in big moments like the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and some foreign policy issues.
But this was a rejection of Trump on his signature campaign promise. Since the day he announced his candidacy for president, Trump spoke about ending illegal immigration and building a wall along the southern border — that he originally said would be paid for by Mexico. It is the defining issue among his core supporters. “Build the wall” is a Trump rallying cry.
The Senate Republicans who voted to block Trump’s ability to unilaterally circumvent Congress and shift money to build his wall were swift to point out they still supported the wall, but they were voting to preserve the constitutional separation of powers.
“To make clear, a border fence, a border barrier is a policy that I support, wholeheartedly, unequivocally,” said Sen. Mike Lee on the Senate floor, in announcing his support for the resolution.
Top Armed Services Republican: Pentagon Using $38b On Border Wall ‘requires Congress To Take Action’
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee is calling on Congress to take action against the Pentagon’s latest shuffling of money to President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats sound alarm over loss in Connecticut suburbsAbbott Laboratories directs employees to dispose of rapid COVID-19 test materialsSunday shows preview: Chaos in Kabul mars US evacuation effortsMORE’s southern border wall.
“The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action,” Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam McClellan ThornberryUnnamed law enforcement banned under the new NDAALobbying worldSenate poised to override Trump’s defense bill vetoMORE said in a statement Thursday. “I will be working with my colleagues to determine the appropriate steps to take.”
The Pentagon notified Congress on Thursday it will transfer $3.8 billion from various weapons programs into its counter-drug fund to be used to build Trump’s signature project.
The $3.8 billion is on top of the $6.1 billion Trump took from the Pentagon last year for the wall.
Congress twice voted to overturn the national emergency Trump declared that allowed him to reprogram military construction funds for the wall, but were unable to override his vetoes.
The money reprogrammed Thursday is being taken under a different executive authority that allows counter-drug funds to be used on the wall.
House Republicans Join All Dems In Voting Against Wall Funding After Trump Urges ‘steel Slats’
– Eight House Republicans voted no Thursday night on a short-term funding bill that includes $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall.They are: Justin Amash , Ken Buck , Carlos Curbelo , Will Hurd , Erik Paulsen , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Fred Upton and David Valadao .The bill ended up passing the House on a vote of 217-185, and it now goes to the Senate where passage is in doubt.If the House and Senate can’t agree on legislation by midnight tonight, a partial government shutdown will result.
‘Walls work whether we like it or not’Earlier at the White House, President Trump once again made his case for a border wall. He was addressing Republicans who gathered at the White House for a farm bill signing ceremony:
“Before going any further, I want to address a matter of vital national importance,” Trump said:
Kurt Schrader Says More Republicans Than Democrats Voted In Favor Of The Wall Street Bailout
The Wall Street bailout is right up there with the stimulus and health care reform in terms of fodder for attack ads this year. Never mind that the bailout was, in fact, proposed and passed before the current Congress, during the very end of the George W. Bush presidency, or that it appears it will be much less expensive than originally expected.Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader tried to put the program in its proper historical context during a radio appearance on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud this week. Let’s see what he had to say on OPB, while he and Bruun were debating fiscal policy:
Schrader: George Bush and the Republican administration is the guys that did the big bank bailout. Do you want to reinstall those people to power? I’m sorry. And Scott’s against the Wall Street reforms.
Bruun: Congressman, remind me when your speaker came into power as the speaker? Remind me what year that was. Was that 2009? No. That was 2007.
Schrader: Yeah, but the policies came directly out of the Republican administration. I mean — and more Republicans voted for that than Democrats.
House Republicans Approve Bill To Fund Border Wall Setting Up A Final Showdown In The Senate
Trump demanded $5 billion for a border wall.
Paul Ryan says Trump won’t sign stopgap funding bill amid border wall showdown
House Republicans voted to approve a bill to fund President Donald Trump’s $5 billion demand for a border wall, setting up a final showdown in the Senate ahead of Friday’s deadline to avert a government shutdown.
The vote received no Democratic support, and the bill’s prospects in the Senate are dim as Democrats have pledged to defeat the divisive measure.
The final tally was 217-185, with eight Republicans voting against the package, which includes $5.7 billion to construct a border wall, $7.8 billion for disaster relief and would fund the government until Feb. 8.
Trump praised House Republicans for passing the measure Thursday night, while noting that upcoming speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said last week in the Oval Office that the GOP did not have the votes.
Rep. Mark Meadows, the chair of the House Freedom Caucus and driving force behind convincing Trump to reject a bill without border wall funding, conceded that the bill is unlikely to clear the Senate. But Meadows said he hoped the successful House vote would push the upper chamber to strike a deal to pass some additional funding for the wall.
“I do believe that Sen. Schumer is a deal maker. I think that right now Sen. Schumer, Sen. McConnell and the president can hopefully make a deal,” Meadows, R-N.C., said.
Most Us House Republicans From Texas Vote Against Forming A Capitol Insurrection Commission
The U.S. House approved the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the causes of and government response to the Jan. 6 insurrection during which a pro-Donald Trump mob violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to block the certification of the 2020 election results. Several Texas congressional members braced themselves that day for hand-to-hand combat but were able to escape to safety thanks to the police and successful barricades.
The bill, which passed 252-175, would give the commission subpoena power and was highly contentious within the House GOP conference. Thirty-five House Republicans backed the bill, including two Texans: U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzales of San Antonio and Van Taylor of Plano. It remains uncertain whether it will pass the Senate.
The proposition initially gave Democrats outsized power in the commission, but House Democratic leaders backed off that course and the commission will be equally divided between five Republicans and five Democrats. Commissioners cannot be currently serving in government. But to qualify, each person must have a background in two of the following areas: government service, law enforcement, civil rights and civil liberties, the armed forces, intelligence, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, technology and the law.
Republicans say they continued to have issues with the proposal.
In recent weeks, some House Republicans have launched a full out offensive to minimize the events of Jan. 6.
In Bipartisan Rebuke Senate Democrats 12 Republicans Reject Trumps Border Wall Declaration
Sen. Pat Toomey joined 11 other Republicans in rejecting President Donald Trump’s attempt to work around Congress to secure funding for the president’s signature promise.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to overturn President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration aimed at securing billions of dollars for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, a rare rebuke from the GOP-controlled chamber.
Even as the president threatened a veto and urged Republicans to stay in line, 12 GOP senators voted against him amid a debate over the limits of presidential power. The bipartisan 59-41 vote handed Trump his second defeat in as many days and will further delay his ability to deliver the long-promised wall.
Opponents have not secured enough votes to override a Trump veto, likely leaving the courts to resolve whether Trump has the authority to reroute already appropriated federal funds to the wall. The Constitution gives Congress the power to set spending, but in 1976 lawmakers gave presidents the power to declare emergencies.
Sen. Pat Toomey voted against Trump, joining with Republican colleagues. The GOP caucus has mostly enabled the White House’s agenda.
“I am completely supportive of the ultimate underlying policy goal,” Toomey said in an interview with The Inquirer and Allentown Morning Call, calling the president’s push for $5.7 billion of wall funding “completely reasonable.”
Trump followed through in a tweet saying, “VETO!”
Group Includes Conservatives Worried About Precedent And A Moderate Facing A Tough Re
Twelve Senate Republicans rebuked President Donald Trump on Thursday by voting to block his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
The group includes moderate senators — including one up for re-election in 2020 — and conservatives who balked at the president circumventing Congress. Trump declared a national emergency last month after lawmakers failed to appropriate his desired funds for a border wall.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he would veto the resolution to terminate the emergency, which passed the Senate, 59-41, in the afternoon after passing the House late last month. Two-thirds of the vote in both chambers are required to override a veto.
Despite some Republicans supporting the resolution, it appears that neither chamber would be able to cross that threshold. Pelosi declined to say Thursday whether she would have the House vote to override Trump’s promised veto, saying, “We’ll take it one step at a time.”
Several senators in competitive re-election races sided with the president and opposed the resolution, including Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Martha McSally of Arizona, Joni Ernst of Iowa, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who changed his opinion after authoring an op-ed in The Washington Post two weeks ago against the emergency declaration.
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Party Leaders Including Mcconnell And Trump Had Urged Colleagues To Reject Proposal
WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, after GOP leaders urged colleagues to reject it.
The bill needed 60 votes to advance in the evenly divided Senate, thanks to the chamber’s longstanding filibuster rule. That means 10 Republicans would have had to vote with all 50 members of the Democratic caucus to allow the bill to proceed. Only six did, and the legislation fell short, with 54 votes in favor, 35 against and 11 senators not voting.
The six Republicans who voted in favor of proceeding with the legislation were Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. All but Mr. Portman had voted to convict former President Donald Trump in February at his impeachment trial on charges of inciting insurrection on Jan. 6. Mr. Trump was acquitted.
Two Democrats weren’t present for the vote: Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Nine Republicans also didn’t vote, including Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Richard Burr of North Carolina, both of whom were among the seven GOP senators who voted to convict Mr. Trump earlier this year.
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It was a glimpse of Washington past. Beneath the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows of the national cathedral, Joe Biden greeted Mitch McConnell and other senators in the pews, then offered a hymn to bipartisanship.
“Empathy is the fuel of democracy,” the US president told mourners on Wednesday at the funeral of John Warner, a Republican senator he praised for working across the aisle. “The willingness to see each other as opponents, not as enemies. Above all, to see each other as fellow Americans even when we disagree.”
It was a reminder on a grand stage of Biden’s strength as a consoler and uniter but left questions about his stomach as a fighter unanswered. Less than 24 hours earlier, McConnell had proved the nemesis of the president’s agenda by scuttling one of his top priorities.
Fifty Republicans united to use a Senate procedure known as the filibuster to prevent debate on Democratic legislation to protect voting rights and safeguard American democracy. Biden, so compassionate from the pulpit, was accused by progressives of failing to use his bully pulpit, allowing McConnell to declare a cynical victory.
McConnell poses less of a roadblock to the Biden agenda than his own side, argues Ferrier, who now works in strategic communications.
The Vote Was Aimed At Putting Vulnerable Republicans In A Difficult Position
The vote took place as the Trump administration actively raids $3.6 billion in funding for 127 projects across the country. Effectively, it pushed senators to choose between support for Trump and concerns they might have about the funds that are being siphoned from state budgets.
As Vox’s Alex Ward has reported, about half of all 50 states are set to be affected by the planned funding shifts. Projects including improvements to the West Point military academy and natural disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are among those that are expected to lose money.
Such efforts have garnered pushback not only from Democrats, but Republicans as well. Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, both of Utah, said they were concerned with the decision to move state funding for the border wall. “Funding the border wall is an important priority, and the Executive Branch should use the appropriate channels in Congress, rather than divert already appropriated funding away from military construction projects and therefore undermining military readiness,” Romney said in a statement.
Of the Republican Senators representing swing states, Sen. Susan Collins was the only one to vote in favor of blocking the national emergency on Wednesday.
Here Are The Republicans Who Objected To Certifying The Election Results
Even after a mob of Trump supporters swarmed and entered the Capitol on Wednesday, a handful of Republican senators and more than 100 Republican representatives stood by their decisions to vote against certifying the results of the presidential election.
Congress certified the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. early Thursday, ending attempts to overturn the results in two states. Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana voted to overturn the results in Arizona, while 93 senators voted against. Mr. Hawley, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Tuberville, Ms. Hyde-Smith, Mr. Marshall and Senators Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Rick Scott of Florida voted to overturn the results in Pennsylvania, while 92 voted against it.
The House rejected the Arizona challenge by a vote of 303 to 121 and rejected the Pennsylvania challenge by a vote of 282 to 138.
Republican lawmakers raised objections to the official certification of electoral votes in a joint session of Congress that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning, in a futile effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. See who supported the objections.
At least four Republican senators who had pledged to back the effort to throw out the election results reversed course after Wednesday’s siege at the Capitol, saying the lawlessness and chaos had caused them to changed their minds.
Republicans: Youre Welcome For The Covid Stimulus Money We Voted Against
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Last month, Nicole Malliotakis, the freshman Republican representative from New York, published a “report card” touting what she’d accomplished for her constituents in her first 100 days in Congress. Among the achievements she listed: nearly $4 million in federal health grants. “My team and I are focused on getting things done for the residents of Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn,” Malliotakis said. There was just one problem, though: That grant money actually came from Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill—the one she and every other Republican voted against.
It was just one example of GOP lawmakers claiming credit for the $1.9 trillion package they lined up against earlier this spring and had zero hand in passing. Many have sought to have it both ways: to oppose Biden and the Democrats at every turn while reaping the political benefits of the popular legislation the president was able to see through in spite of them. Or, as Barack Obama once put it, to “have their cake and vote against it, too.”
“The American people—majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans—have long been firmly unified behind the American Rescue Plan,” White House spokesman Andrew Batestold the Associated Press. “So it’s heartening to see Republicans in Congress reaching across the aisle to endorse it—even retroactively.”
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Joe Manchin And Susan Collins Switch Sides Twice To Hold Senate In 50
The Senate split 50-50 on two votes on Thursday night as the Democrats attempt to pass a budget using the reconciliation process. The results have shown how difficult building a majority could be in the divided chamber.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted against two of her party’s resolutions while Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin voted in favor of them during the “vote-a-rama”—a lengthy series of amendments to the budget that can be offered by any senator.
Collins, from Maine, is considered a moderate Republican and Manchin, from West Virginia, is seen as a more conservative Democrat. Both have crossed party lines in the past and their votes could prove more important now the Senate is evenly split.
The Senate voted 50-50 on an amendment from Sen. Ron Johnson on “prohibiting the cancellation of contracts for physical barriers on the border.”
Manchin voted in favor and Collins against and, as a result of the equally divided vote, the resolution was not adopted.
President Joe Biden issued an executive order halting construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border soon after he entered the White House. The wall was a centerpiece of Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign.
Later, the Senate split 50-50 on an amendment from Sen. Mike Lee “to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to prohibiting infringement on the free exercise of religion.”
Senate Again Votes To End Trump Emergency Declaration On Border Wall
The Senate again voted on Wednesday to end President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats sound alarm over loss in Connecticut suburbsAbbott Laboratories directs employees to dispose of rapid COVID-19 test materialsSunday shows preview: Chaos in Kabul mars US evacuation effortsMORE’s emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, paving the way for a veto showdown with the White House.
Senators voted 54–41 on a resolution to end the declaration, which Trump used to shift billions of dollars from the military toward wall construction.
Under the National Emergencies Act, a resolution ending the declaration needed only a simple majority to clear the Senate, making it likely to be approved. But underscoring the broad swath of concern about Trump’s actions among the Senate GOP caucus, 11 Republican senators voted to nix the declaration.
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Democrats have seized on the administration’s decision to shift money away from military construction projects as a way to politically box in Republicans by forcing them to decide between breaking with Trump or voting to allow money to be shifted away from projects in their own states.
They are hoping to backfill the $3.6 billion being diverted to the border as part of the fiscal 2020 funding bills.
Here Are The 41 Republicans Who Voted Against Securing The Us Border
Forty-one House Republicans voted against a bill Friday that would have secured funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall, addressed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and included E-verify, among other conservative provisions.
Members voted on an amended version of GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Michael McCaul of Texas’s bill that provided more border security funding, only granted DACA recipients a temporary protected three-year legal status with no pathway for citizenship — which moderate Republicans are fervently asking leadership to provide — and included other features.
The bill failed in the House in a 193-231 vote Thursday.
Here the Republican members who voted against the bill:
Paul Gosar of Arizona Frank LoBiando of New Jersey Tom MacArthur of New Jersey Chris Smith of New Jersey Leonard Lance of New Jersey Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey Pete King of New York John Faso of New York Elise Stefanik of New York Tom Reed of New York John Katko of New York Michael Turner of Ohio Kristi Noem of South Dakota Louie Gohmert of Texas Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington David Reichert of Washington
Some of the members who voted against the bill did so because leadership altered the bill before the final vote, adding on amendments and provisions they deemed “amnesty.”