Sen. Gardner throws support behind President Trump's emergency border declaration

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 4:49 PM MDT
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U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted against overturning President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border.

Sen. Gardner was originally on the fence when it came to the declaration, until his vote on Thursday.

"There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution," Sen. Gardner stated. "As a result, the President has declared a national immigration emergency, legal authority which he clearly has under the 1976 law, a law invoked 56 times by every previous President since Jimmy Carter. Between October and February, border patrol apprehensions were up nearly 100 percent and since 2012, border patrol methamphetamine seizures are up 280 percent. It should never have come to this, but in the absence of Congressional action, the President did what Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused to do."

A representative with the Colorado Democratic Party tabbed Sen. Gardner's vote a "flip-flop complete."

“When you consider that President Trump himself said that he ‘didn’t need to do this. But [he’d] rather do it much faster’ on the very day he made the emergency declaration, Senator Gardner’s attempt to defend his vote by arguing the President had no choice doesn’t make any sense. It has been quite the spectacle to watch Senator Gardner go from saying he couldn’t vote for Trump in 2016, to a 90 percent lifetime voting record with Trump, to endorsing Trump’s re-election bid early, to now doing a total 180 on the President’s fake national emergency. But today, Senator Gardner made it abundantly clear that his loyalty is to Donald Trump over the United States Constitution and his constituents in Colorado. Coloradans won’t forget this, and Senator Gardner will face the consequences in November 2020,” said David Pourshoushtari, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party in a release.

President Donald Trump has one thing to say after the Republican-led Senate voted to block his national emergency declaration for border wall funding: "VETO!"

President Trump tweeted the one-word response Thursday after the Senate voted 59-41 in favor of the resolution to block the measure. A total of 12 Republicans voted with Democrats to rebuke the president.

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