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11 Republican Senators vote with Democrats to stop Trump’s use of military funds for his wall

11 Republican Senators vote with Democrats to stop Trump’s use of military funds for his wall

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In a surprising rebuke to the President and his white supremacist agenda, the Senate has vote 54-41 to terminate the Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the border and halted the appropriate of military funds to pay for wall construction.

Eleven Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats in opposition to the President’s plan to take $3.6 billion from 127 military projects in half of all 50 states to build around 175 miles of border wall.

The flagrant money-grab put Republican Senators in a serious bind, forcing them to choose between their President, who responds very poorly to the slightest hint of disloyalty, and depriving their states of needed funding and jobs.

To further complicate the matter, the Pentagon has protested vehemently against the funding appropriation, arguing that lives and the military’s readiness were being put at risk if the military construction projects weren’t completed:

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In requests to Congress over the past three years, military officials describe dilapidated World War II-era warehouses with “leaking asbestos panel roof systems,” a drone pilot training facility with sinkholes and a bat infestation, explosives being stored in buildings that didn’t meet safety standards and a mold-infested middle school.

While Trump is certainly going to be able to veto the resolution and continue to build the fencing, the Democrats managed to force the Republicans to put their votes where their mouths are, which could prove to have serious repercussions for Senators in vulnerable swing states with an election right around the corner.

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