Replacement Border Wall near the Tecate Port of Entry. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Senate Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Over Border Wall Funding, Again

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On Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over building the southern border wall, for the second time.

CNBC News reports that the Senate voted 54-41, with 11 Republicans joining with the Democrats. Although, they failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to overcome President Trump’s likely veto of the measure.

Unlike the Senate’s first vote back in March to stop the national emergency declaration, Wednesday’s vote comes after the Pentagon notified Congress of their intent to divert 3.6 billion from 127 military projects.

Defense News explained on Tuesday that the 127 military projects that have been delayed or put on hold affect twenty-three states and nineteen allied countries. One of those delayed projects is the construction of a school on Fort Campbell, located in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has plans to protect the project, but Politico reported that during his floor speech the Kentucky Senator said that the vote brought by the Democrats was only a “show vote.”

Those Republicans voting with the Democrats:

Florida Republican Marco Rubio, who in March voted with the Democrats to disapprove of the national emergency that was passed in February of this year, did not vote in Wednesday’s vote.

Also not voting were Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Kamala Harris (CA), Cory Booker (NJ), and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (VT).