Border wall funding has taken over a dramatic turn with President Donald Trump’s declaration of national emergency last month.
Since then, various debates have taken place to end the national emergency. On Thursday, a resolution to end the same was floated that came out as a straight blow to the president.
The floated resolution resulted in majority of bipartisan voting in the favor of ending the national emergency. As per the results, 59 Senators voted in favor of ending the emergency against 41 Senators that backed Trump’s declaration.
The noteworthy aspect of the resolution voting is that apart from Democrats, voting in full swing to end the national emergency, 12 modern Republicans too stood in favor of terminating it, making it extremely difficult for Trump to continue with the Emergency unless he uses his veto power.
The divide on the resolution, hence, was also felt in Sates of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The voting confirms that the US senators representing West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio did not take a common stance while voting for the president’s declaration.
Two Senators representing West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, voted “yes” to support the disapproval resolution, while Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, backed the president and voted “no”.
A similar trend was observed in Ohio; Republican Sen. Rob Portman broke with Trump and voted “yes” along with his Ohio colleague, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.
In Kentucky too, Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul took up opposite stance, wherein McConnell voted “no”, while Paul voted “yes”, in context to ending the national emergency.
As stated by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier this week, annulling national emergency declaration is now likely to trigger Trump’s first veto of his presidency which is one of the major concerns as to over ride the veto a two-thirds majority will be required in both chambers, which is certainly difficult looking at the resolution voting pattern.