The U.S. Senate had an opportunity yesterday to revoke Trump’s fake national emergency declaration – the political tool the president has used to defund military construction projects and FEMA for his autographed vanity project, the wasteful, ineffective and expensive border wall. Fifty-four Senators stood up for their constituents, military families and the role of Congress in making government spending decisions and voted to terminate the declaration.
Noticeably absent from that list: Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
According to Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: “Republicans’ slavish devotion to Donald Trump is looking particularly outrageous today. McSally, Gardner, Perdue, Ernst, McConnell, Tillis and Cornyn are clearly more afraid of contradicting Trump and protecting themselves from him than in putting the interests of the country, the constitution, or their constituents first. As the nation is consumed with how Trump subverted his oath of office in pursuit of his personal political gain, yesterday’s Senate vote is a reminder that he’s continuing to use the emergency declaration to divert funds to the giant, autographed 2020 campaign billboard he is erecting on the southern border. They had an opportunity to stand up for their states, and they remained seated beside their Dear Leader instead.”
Ahead of the vote, America’s Voice ran a series of online ads in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas to hold Senators accountable for the funds diverted from military projects and families and other priorities. Clicking on the ads allowed constituents to call their Senators to deliver a message directly before the vote. The ads are linked below: