Sasse says because he is "a constitutional conservative" he wants to limit the ability to presidents to declare emergencies without Congress, but voted to affirm Trump's emergency declaration because Pelosi is "politically motivated."
Good for Sasse and Cruz. My thoughts:
1. The situation at the border is indeed an emergency (76k apprehensions last month)
2. Constitution states that the President has a duty to faithfully execute & enforce our laws, in this case USC 1325 , “improper entry by illegal alien”. https://t.co/UFG5ZgygqG
I'm proud of Rubio--and the brave 12. Not surprised by Cruz's brazen hypocrisy. This is who he is. But I am saddened by Ben Sasse's cowardly cave (though I understand why he felt he had to do it for re-election). Column to come...
So Senator Ben Sasse, a self-proclaimed "constitutionalist" disagrees with Trump's National Emergency, but he hates democrats so much that he will allow Trump to circumvent the Constitution anyhow.
@BenSasse has moved to the top of the rankings for "World's largest hypocrite".
The fundamental problem for Ben Sasse is that this is discordant. It’s off brand. It goes against everything he allegedly stands for. If Sasse isn’t the guy who (eloquently) takes a principled stand on this, why does he even exist as a political entity? What’s his raison d'être?
Also voting with Trump were constitutional conservative hypocrites — Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Sasse and Grassley to name a few. They have no standing to lecture any of us on the rule of law, the Constitution or the separation of powers. https://t.co/nlY9Qcpq63
I favor Article 1 over other branches and want Congress to reassert authority, but anybody who acts like today's vote was obvious is wrong. Paul, Lee, Cruz, Sasse -- four Constitutionalists -- were evenly divided. If you genuinely care about the issue, support legislative fixes.
I would like to meet a single person who saw Sasse and Tillis's votes today and said "Wow, this really makes me much more enthusiastic about supporting these lawmakers in the future!" Running away from potential future attack ads is cowardly bullshit.
Lol, this is the first sentence. “By a shocking 18-vote margin, the Republican controlled Senate voted to terminate President Trump's arguably unconstitutional, but probably legal, national emergency. “
Please explain @TianaTheFirsthttps://t.co/xrzDkEY2YU
@mattklewis “We need Democrats to speak up when a Democratic president exceeds his or her powers, and I promise you that I plan to speak up when the next president of my party exceeds his or her proper powers.”
-Ben Sasse, 2015
Sen. Ben Sasse officially declares that owning the libs--or in this case, a specific lib--is more important than Constitutional principles.
Wasn't even a consequential vote. It passed without him, and couldn't override a veto with him. What a stupid way to forfeit his reputation. https://t.co/HeqhKBYbPj
@BenSasse Yo ben sasse great job throwing away all of your credibility for a #FakeTrumpEmergency
Next time there's a Democratic President I don't want to hear one word from you about executive overreach. Ever.
Make no mistake.. sasse, cruz, Graham, others voted away all constitutional authority of Congress. Congress is now just wallpaper. Maybe less than wallpaper.
Senate votes to reject Trump’s emergency declaration, setting up president’s first veto https://t.co/zquaEB2sZj
@AviWoolf He would never have done something this craven.
(To be fair, his seat was never as vulnerable as Sasse's is. Still, this is low from Sasse, I can believe *he* believes he is doing the right thing.)
Hey dont give Ben Sasse (R-Ne) a pass here! He was with them too! All Co-hatchers of the stupidest of plans ever! All failed on a dinner decimating descent that was doomed from the start! Plus now it cost em as now they are: DISLOYAL SERFS! https://t.co/0gNvGR8qKNhttps://t.co/KaY51yYXyc
@BenSasse You betrayed your principles today. Reminder: "We need Democrats to speak up when a Democratic president exceeds his or her powers, & I promise you that I plan to speak up when the next president of my party exceeds his or her proper powers.” -Ben Sasse, 2015 Coward
@jwgop The lengths that allegedly Constitutional Conservatives will go to justify support of Trump shows how much the R party has lost its way & is nothing more than a cult. For Tillis, Gardner, and Sasse, its hard to see why they shouldnt be primaried. After all any R can vote w/DJT