Senate passes resolution of disapproval of Trump's 'emergency' declaration
All of Republicans’ machinations and all of the pressure from Individual 1 could not stop the Senate from voting on the House-passed resolution of disapproval of Trump’s emergency declaration for wall funding. Twelve Republicans joined with all of the Democrats Thursday to send the rebuke to Trump in a 59-41 vote.
A trio of Republican senators—Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE)—made a last-ditch attempt to get Trump to find some compromise with the Senate Wednesday night, before the vote. Their entreaties fell on deaf, or indifferent, ears. “I don’t know what the vote will be. It doesn’t matter. I’ll probably have to veto. It’s not going to be overturned,” Trump said Thursday before the vote.
Ultimately, Trump is right. Today’s vote is eight short of the votes necessary to overturn his veto. But it is still a major rebuke—a Republican “jailbreak”—Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to avoid. It caused a “slow-motion freakout in the Trump administration” in the days before the vote, the result of which was a refusal by the Defense Department to release the list of projects that would be affected by Trump’s reappropriation of funds. Undecided senators were trying to get that information to find out if any of their states’ installations would lose out, which is of course why DoD wasn’t releasing the information. Being kept in the dark surely didn’t help Trump’s efforts to sway them.
Trump’s supposed indifference notwithstanding, the White House made a concerted effort to reach out, even to a Republican senator who is a regular defender of Trump. “If they are calling me, that tells me they’re getting more engaged,” the senator told Politico. Look for a major temper tantrum to accompany that Trump veto.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019