Capito, Brown react to Senate denying national emergency declaration


The United States Senate voted 59 to 41 Thursday to pass legislation that denies President Trump’s national emergency declaration regarding the border with Mexico.

A dozen Republicans sided with Democrats in voting to pass this resolution.

The vote comes after the House passed its version of the legislation last week, primarily along party lines.

Senators on both sides of the aisle, and from both sides of the river in the Ohio Valley, spoke with 7News about how they voted.

“We are at a breaking point in terms of our resources,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who voted against the legislation. “The President believes, and I believe too, that this is a humanitarian crisis that we need to fully fund the ability to make our border more secure. We as members of Congress in the 1970’s gave the President the right to declare an emergency. He’s done that.”

Siding with his party, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) voted in favor of the legislation. 

“Senator (Rob) Portman and I are both voting against the President’s, I mean for stopping the President’s emergency,” Brown said. “I mean it’s not an emergency. We think it’s unconstitutional for starters, at least I do. We think that this is not an emergency. You don’t take money from local defense, from national security, to build a wall that frankly nobody wants and so I’m proudly voting that way that the President’s emergency should not stand.”

As Senator Brown said, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was one of 12 Republicans who also voted for the legislation.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) also voted in favor of the legislation to deny the President’s national emergency declaration. 

He said in a statement in part: 

“I will vote for the emergency declaration resolution of disapproval, overturning the President’s national emergency declaration on border security. Let me be clear, I support total border security, which includes building a wall on our southern border. However, I believe that those funds, according to the Constitution, need to be appropriated through Congress, not through executive authority. Regardless of who the President is, Congress has an obligation to defend the Constitution. That is why I oppose the President’s decision to unilaterally declare a national emergency. I fought President Obama’s executive overreach when he was in office, and I will do the same today with President Trump because I believe in the Constitution of the United States with all of my heart.”

After the vote, President Trump tweeted that he would veto the legislation, which would be the first veto of his presidency.

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