Yesterday, President Trump signed his first official veto. He vetoed the decision by Congress to overturn his use of an emergency declaration for border wall funding. Trump’s opposition included roughly twelve Republicans who sided against him declaring an emergency. There probably aren’t enough votes to override the veto either.
Trump not only defied Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, he also put the dirty dozen Republicans on notice as he very publically signed the veto at the White House. He described the Congressional attempt to stop him as a “dangerous” and “reckless” resolution that was “a vote against reality.” Trump said that over a million illegal aliens were set to rush the Southern border, including a 2,000 percent increase of migrants from Central America trying to claim asylum.
Trump’s reasoning behind his decision to veto was explained in his remarks at the White House.
“As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty. Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that, if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger, very grave danger. The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. It is definitely a national emergency. Rarely have we had such a national emergency.
“Therefore, to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution – and that’s what it was. And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican … senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe. They were very courageous yesterday, and I appreciate that very much.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
As President Trump addressed the growing number of illegal immigrants crossing our borders, he used the word “invasion” multiple times:
“Congress’ vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality. … It is a tremendous national emergency. It it a tremendous crisis. Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We’re on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word “invasion,” but that’s what it is – it’s an invasion of drugs, and criminals, and people. We have no idea who they are, but we capture them because border security is so good, but they’re put in a very bad position, and we’re bursting at the seams. …”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump issues first veto, overrules Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 15, 2019
Trump ripped into Democrats in Congress as well. He pointed out that they could strike a deal with him “in fifteen minutes” to change “catch and release,” “asylum laws,” the “visa lottery,” and “chain migration.”
As part of his reasoning, Trump referenced the National Emergencies Act of 1976:
“One in three migrant women is sexually assaulted on the journey north. The border crisis is driving the drug crisis. 70,000 Americans a year are killed by drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl …
“The mass incursion of illegal aliens, deadly drugs, dangerous weapons, and criminal gang members across our borders has to end. …
“The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven’t been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border. Consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our Founders, today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it, and I’m very proud to veto it. …”
Trump: “Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.”
— Franco Ordoñez (@FrancoOrdonez) March 15, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“Trump’s emergency declaration would reallocate approximately $8.1 billion from the Department of Defense (as well as other areas) to begin construction of a southern border barrier.
“The official White House breakdown is as follows:
“About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.
“Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities (Title 10 United States Code, section 284).
“Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President’s declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808).
“Article 1, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, which deals with the veto process, states in part:
“If he [the president] approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.
“According to The Hill, the House will attempt to override the president’s veto on March 26, but because a two-thirds majority is necessary to issue such an override, it’s unlikely to find success.”
An angel mother thanks @realDonaldTrump for his hard stance on illegal immigration.
"We want to show the American people, and let you know, what is happening on our door steps. There is a way to prevent this. It is a national emergency." pic.twitter.com/p7rR8j8VL3
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 15, 2019
The vote to stand against Trump’s national emergency declaration in the Senate was 59 to 41. On February 26, the House of Representatives voted 245 to 182 to do the same. A number of big-name Republicans voted with the Democrats, unfortunately. The names included Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Rand Paul (R-KY). I never thought I would disagree with Mike Lee and I’m disappointed in Marco Rubio. Both should know better.
President Trump said he was not bothered by the number of Republicans who opposed his national emergency declaration, because he knew there weren’t enough votes in Congress to override a veto. “They’re doing what they have to do, and I put no pressure on anybody,” President Trump said. “I actually said, ‘I could have gotten some of them to come along.’ I said, ‘I want for you to vote your heart. Do what you want to do. I’m not putting any pressure.’ … I didn’t need the votes. We all knew it’s going to be a veto, and there’s not going to be an override.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 15, 2019
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to call a vote on March 26 to attempt to override President Trump’s “lawless power grab” veto.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also criticized the president’s characterization of the immigration situation as an emergency
“It is no surprise that the president holds the rule of law and our Constitution in minimal regard,” Schumer said. “There is no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won’t pay for it; and a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate the fake emergency.”‘
Some Republicans view the national emergency declaration as unconstitutional. It isn’t and Mike Lee of all people should know that. As for setting a precedent, I’ve got news for everyone… the Democrats were prepping to use presidential emergency declarations as a weapon long before Trump used one for national security. Get real.
Angel families and law enforcement are applauding Trump for standing his ground on this. So are the majority of Americans.
I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019