Wisconsin senators react to border emergency rejection


    U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., left; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (Photos source: U.S. Senate)

    (WLUK) -- Wisconsin's two senators cast opposing votes on a resolution terminating President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson voted against the resolution, while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted for it. The resolution passed the Republican-controlled Senate 59-41.

    Johnson released this statement:

    Unfortunately, securing America's border has turned into a political brawl, with Democrats – who supported border barriers in the past – now refusing to supply the funding for necessary barriers because they don't like this president. We have a growing humanitarian crisis at our border that has seen more families and unaccompanied children enter our country in the last five months than at any other time on record. That certainly qualifies as an emergency. Today's vote will not fix any problem, but it does demonstrate whether a senator supports or opposes border security. I will always choose to support border and homeland security. We will deal with the issue of reclaiming congressional authority under the National Emergencies Act in my committee in the very near future.

    Baldwin released this statement:

    I voted today with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate for this resolution of disapproval because President Trump’s unlawful power grab is an attack on our Constitution’s separation of powers.
    I support strengthening our border security and that is why I voted for bipartisan legislation that was signed by the President in January that provides the Department of Homeland Security with $1.375 billion to build border barriers where they are needed most. The bipartisan legislation also includes $415 million in humanitarian assistance and $570 million for specialized screening equipment at our Ports of Entry to detect illegal drugs and prevent human smuggling. I do not believe there is a factual basis for President Trump declaring a national emergency and he is wrong to now take billions of dollars from our military to pay for a wall that he promised Mexico would pay for.
    Our Constitution is very clear that Congress has the power of the purse and President Trump can’t just steal the purse and spend money on whatever he wants. I support the Senate resolution of disapproval and I voted to stand up for our Constitution and our American system of checks and balances.

    The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the resolution last month.

    Trump wants to steer $3.6 billion more to border barriers than lawmakers approved. The move is also being challenged in court.

    Trump has promised to reject it by issuing what will likely be his first veto. It is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override him.

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