GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Democrat Motion to End Trump's Border Wall National Emergency

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Sep. 26, 2019

Multiple Republican Senators, including Utah's Mike Lee, joined with the Democrats on Wednesday to pass "a motion to end President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border," Breitbart reports.
The Senate passed S.J. Res. 54, 54-41, which would terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration on the southern border. The resolution was created by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

Sen. Collins said the bill is not about "whether you're for or against a border wall." The Maine senator, who is up for a tough reelection fight in 2020, claimed that she has "consistently supported" funding for physical barriers on the southern border.

However, Congress has failed to provide significant funding to help secure America's southern border by building a border wall. With Congress' failure to provide funding, President Trump declared a national emergency to build the border wall, which diverted military funding so that the president can build a wall along the southern border.

The Republicans that voted for the resolution to end the national emergency to build a border wall are Sens. Collins, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH).

The vote arises as the Pentagon announced in September that they will delay or suspend 127 military construction projects so that $3.6 billion can be diverted to help secure America's southern border.
Trump is likely just going to veto this measure but it's nice of all these Senators to go on the record stating they don't want any of our bloated military budget to be spent securing our own border.

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