U.S. Rep. Dr. Mark Green (R-TN-07) declared his support of President Donald Trump’s veto of Congress’ resolution to block his declaration of a national emergency in order to build a border wall.
“President Trump is right to veto this meaningless and partisan resolution,” Green said. “It’s been established by this and former Congresses that securing the border with a physical wall is good policy.”
“In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 with widespread Democrat support from then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer,” Green said. “And, in the recent appropriations bill, Congress appropriated even more money towards a wall. President Trump is not bucking Congress and doing something they have expressly forbidden. He’s merely expanding on what Congress has already said is a good way to secure our southern border through legal authority Congress gave him through the National Emergencies Act of 1976.”
“I applaud President Trump for transcending the fray, fighting back against the rabid anti-Trump Resistance and doing what’s best for Americans,” Green said.
In making his declaration, Green joined U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in supporting the president, unlike their colleague from Tennessee, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who voted against Trump.
The president on Friday held a ceremony at the White House to veto the bill which would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency, Breitbart reported.
“Today, I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump said. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.”
Trump said that over a million illegal immigrants and migrants were set to rush the border.
Alexander joined 11 other Republican senators Thursday in voting against Trump’s declaration and likened the president to King George III who was king of England during the American Revolution, The Tennessee Star reported.
Blackburn voted in favor of Trump’s declaration by casting a no vote against the Democrat-led bill. The House had previously passed the bill.
Blackburn said, “I support President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and I reject the resolution of disapproval.”
The list of Republican senators who voted against Trump’s declaration is here.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.