The Senate has failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto on his national emergency resolution though the Democrats had the helping hand of 10 Republicans.
The Senate on Friday, Oct. 18, voted 53-36 on the Democrat-crafted resolution to terminate the national emergency that the president declared along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The vote fell short of the two-thirds needed to overcome a veto from President Trump, who declared the emergency for the vulnerable southern border in February to allow his administration to funnel government funds toward the construction of a border wall.
The 10 Republican senators who joined Democrats in their unsuccessful attempts include Roy Blunt (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), Macro Rubio (Florida), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).
53-36 The #Senate did NOT pass S.J.Res.54 (National Emergency Declaration), notwithstanding the objections of the President to the contrary.
10 GOP voting in favor:
— Senate Press Gallery (@SenatePress) October 17, 2019
In a vote last month, 11 Republicans also voted “Yea” along with Democrats on this same resolution. At that time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knocked Democrats for forcing the senators to hold a repeat vote though they knew that Congress would not be able to override a presidential veto.
Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, Congress is able to force a vote to block the president’s emergency declaration every six months. According to Vox, Democrats have been keen to use this rule to put both President Trump and Republican senators on the spot about the border wall.