On a vote of 59–41, the Senate voted to terminate Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration. The Senate vote affirms the decision of Congressman Dusty Johnson and 244 other members of the House last month to cancel the emergency declaration.
Twelve Republican Senators showed sense and spine in joining all 47 Democratic Senators in rebuffing Trump’s abuse of power. South Dakota’s Senators John Thune and M. Michael Rounds are not among the Republicans exhibiting those qualities.
Among the fact-based vertebrates is Senator Mitt Romney from Utah:
I will vote today for the resolution of disapproval. This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core. For the Executive Branch to override a law passed by Congress would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing power.
This is not a vote against border security. In fact, I agree that a physical barrier is urgently needed to help ease the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and the administration already has $4.5 billion available within existing authority to fund a barrier – even without an emergency declaration.
I am seriously concerned that overreach by the Executive Branch is an invitation to further expansion and abuse by future presidents. We experienced a similar erosion of congressional authority with President Obama’s unilateral immigration orders – which I strenuously opposed. In the case before us now, where Congress has enacted specific policy, to consent to an emergency declaration would be both inconsistent with my beliefs and contrary to my oath to defend the Constitution [Senator Mitt Romney, press release, 2019.03.14].
With their craven nays today, Senators Thune and Rounds have sacrificed any moral authority to gripe and moan about abuses of Executive power. Maybe we can get Dusty to primary Milquetoast Mike next year so we can have a Senator with sense and spine.