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A controversial and incomplete section of the border wall along the Rio Grande River in South Texas. Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn vote against Joaquin Castro’s resolution blocking Trump’s emergency order

WASHINGTON — Backing a resolution spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

Several Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in support of the measure, but Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas both voted against the resolution —which Trump has vowed to veto. On Wednesday night, Cruz joined a pair of his colleagues and went to the White House to try to work out a deal with the president, The Washington Post reported. But Trump reiterated his plans for a veto Thursday.

“When your negotiating partners refuse to take a seat at the table, normal goes out the window,” Cornyn said during Thursday’s floor debate. “Our colleagues across the aisle left the president with few options to fund what he believed were so important for the nation’s security, and that’s what led us to this situation.”

In an op-ed in USA Today, a group of attorneys general, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxtonargued why they believe the emergency declaration is constitutional. That position is counter to the American Civil Liberties Union and 20 other state attorneys general — including those from border states California and New Mexico — who are challenging the declaration.

Last month, Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying billions of dollars in additional funding was needed to build more barriers. After that declaration, the Democratic-led House endorsed Castro’s resolution in a vote primarily split along party lines. The sole Texas Republican member of the House to vote for the resolution was Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, who has repeatedly denounced a border wall as the “most expensive and least effective” way to handle border security. His district includes more of the Mexican border than any other district. In authoring the legislation, Castro said it was needed as a safeguard for the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government. As senators debated the resolution Thursday, Castro watched from the back of the upper chamber.

After the Senate’s vote, Castro faulted Cornyn and Cruz. “This was not an emergency,” he said. “The senators have not been listening to the people or the elected officials who live on the border. They’ve been ignoring them for a long time.”

In a statement, Cruz said the vote was difficult and that he shared his colleagues’ concerns about the emergency powers that Congress has given the president over the last half-century. But he said that the vote was ultimately about addressing a crisis at the border.

“We cannot end this emergency without securing our southern border, and we cannot secure our border without building a wall,” Cruz said.

Although Republicans hold the majority in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky couldn’t stop Thursday’s floor vote on the resolution because it was designated as a privileged measure.

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Author  GABE SCHNEIDER – The Texas Tribune

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4 comments

  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    There is absolutely no national emergency going on at our southern border with Mexico! Both Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are only kissing Donald Trump’s big fat orange butt! Just because they both are afraid of the authoritarian autocrat dictator.
    What is going on in our southern border today is a humanitarian crisis that was created by Donald Trump himself!
    Therefore detaining immigrants seeking asylum as they escape their own corrupted governments and gang criminal violence. These are the kind of cowards that the republican senators are here in Texas, they put Donald Trump over the constitution of the United States. Time to get rid of both senators, one by voting him out and the other by holding a recall.

    • As usual, you are so full of leftist crap.

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        You should speak for you’re own butt blast self mad mikey the moronic child from deep state Fox-affiliated KVIA Breitbart Fake News!
        You are nothing but crap covered in fecal matter!

  2. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Also remember that these two buffoon senators Cornyn/Cruz also voted to lift sanction on a Russian oligarch last month. As they continue to put Russia over the United States and that pleases Moscow overwhelmingly! besides that Putin has Trump as his own personal puppet.
    In 2020 the house of congress will have full oversight when it returns back to democratic control,and whether Donald Trump get’s impeached before then or after he’s out of office.
    He’ll still be indicted and hauled of to prison and forget about Mike Pence pardoning him! for there will be NO Mike Pence around either. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! LOL!
    TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2020!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA…..
    all trumpTURDS! eat your shorts out…

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