ICYMI: KTAR News: Arizona senators split on Trump’s emergency declaration over border
March 14, 2019
Senator McSally’s vote today to support President Trump’s unlawful executive action on the border proves one thing: McSally will never stand up to Trump. Trump’s unconstitutional executive action authorizes him to raid funds designated for national security to fund an ineffective border wall that no one wants, and McSally agreed to it as long as Trump took money from everywhere else other than Arizona. McSally said she prefers “Congress do our job,” but she is clearly not doing hers. See below:
KTAR News: Arizona senators split on Trump’s emergency declaration over border
Arizona’s senators were split in their Thursday votes on President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally voted against a resolution to annul the border emergency Trump declared last month, while Democratic U.S. Sen. Krysten Sinema voted in favor of it.
McSally said Wednesday that she would vote to uphold the resolution. Sinema did not reveal her vote until she got to the Senate floor.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 59-41 for a resolution to halt Trump’s emergency order. Trump has promised to veto it, and it is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override him.
Yet the vote represents a remarkable break between Trump and Senate Republicans. It’s the first time Congress has used its power to reject a presidential emergency order.
The emergency declaration would allow the Pentagon to redirect money from other purposes to pay for the wall.
McSally said she supported the move because she was assured that it would not impact funding from military construction projects in Arizona.
McSally told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos last month that Trump has “every right” to declare an emergency.
But she said even though she shared his “goals and frustrations,” she wished they could be achieved another way.
“I prefer that it didn’t come to that. I prefer Congress do our job and stop playing political games with something that used to be bipartisan, which is border security,” she said.