US Senate rebukes Trump over wall

Published: March 15, 2019
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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: The US Senate passed a proposal on Thursday to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border, with 12 Republicans defying the president, and Trump vowing a veto.

The 59-41 vote marks the second Senate rebuke of Trump in two days. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had urged his fellow Republicans to defeat the measure, which was passed in February by Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Republicans who defected by supporting the measure to end the emergency declaration are worried that presidents — including future Democratic ones — could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the tactic to pass their own pet programmes.

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