On Thursday, the Senate passed a resolution 59-41 terminating Trump’s executive action. Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats to pass the measure saying the the president’s decision to allocate funds that have not been earmarked by Congress was outside his powers. Trump has the authority under Article 1, Section 7 of the US constitution to reject a proposal from Congress. However, Congress has the ability to override a veto if it can obtain a two-thirds majority.
But this looks highly unlikely after Thursday’s vote.
The fate of the president’s emergency declaration will be decided by the courts where various legal battles are currently ongoing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded in a statement saying the chamber will vote on March 26 to respond to Trump’s veto.
She said: “The President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people.
“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution.”
When Trump vetoed the resolution with cabinet officials and Angel Families by his side, he said his duty as president was to protect the nation.
He added: “To defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution.”
Trump praised the GOP senators who remained loyal and voted against terminating his declaration.
He said: ”They were very courageous yesterday, and I appreciate that very much.”
Trump also added that he did not pressure those who decided to go against him and vote to terminate the resolution.
He said: “I put no pressure on anybody. “I’ll let them know when there’s pressure and I told them that so when I need your vote, I’m going let you know.
“I didn’t need the vote because we all knew it would be a veto and they’re not going to be able to override.”
The Republican senators who decided to break ranks said they viewed the president’s move as unconstitutional and it created a dangerous example for future presidents.