Rubio criticized Trump’s plan for a national emergency to divert federal military funds to pay for a border wall when it was announced, saying in February, “No crisis justifies violating the Constitution.”
On Thursday, Rubio said in a statement, “We have an emergency at our border, which is why I support the president’s use of forfeiture funds and counter-drug money to build a wall.
“However, I cannot support moving funds that Congress explicitly appropriated for construction and upgrades of our military bases,” Rubio said. “This would create a precedent a future president may abuse to jumpstart programs like the Green New Deal.’’
Rubio was joined by Republicans Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Pat Toomey, and Roger Wicker. Thom Tillis of North Carolina had written an op-ed criticizing Trump’s emergency, but he voted no vote on the resolution.
With all Democrats and independents also voting for the resolution, it easily passed the Senate with 59 votes. A similar bill passed the House 245 to 182 in February, setting up the first veto of Trump’s presidency.
Trump tweeted the single word, “VETO!” in response.
A veto override would need support from two-thirds of members in both chambers. Neither the House nor Senate votes reached that threshold.
Florida’s junior senator, Rick Scott, voted against overturning the emergency declaration. The former governor had called for Trump to use emergency powers for both border security and to find a permanent solution for Dreamers and immigrants with asylum protections.
“It’s time to get serious about border security and the safety of American families,’’ Scott said in a statement. “That’s why I support the President’s efforts to secure the border and voted against the resolution of disapproval today.”
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