1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader:
"Today's votes cap a week of something the American people haven't seen enough of in the past two years: Both parties in the United States Congress standing up to Donald Trump. In two days, Congress has delivered 3, 3 major rebukes to the president and stood up for transparency, accountability and the constitutional powers of our branch of government. Yesterday, the Senate took a crucial vote to forbid the president from continuing any military involvement with the conflict in Yemen. That vote was about the limits of executive power. And as we just saw, today, twelve Senate Republicans far more than the bare minimum joined Democrats to terminate the president's emergency declaration. That vote was also about the limits of executive power. And I thank my friend Joaquin Castro who was in the Senate gallery for shepherding that resolution through the House."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader:
"I'm thankful that Republican senators did the right thing. I applaud them for it. Let's hope that these votes this week are green shoots. Republicans out of courage, out of principle and maybe out exasperation are beginning to constrain the president when he goes too far. That Republicans are learning that total embrace of President Trump is counterproductive and unsustainable. My hope is that this past week isn't an aberration but a turning point. My hope is that Republicans now see how this president is trampling on the Constitution and understand that it is possible, in fact courageous, to stand up to him and say that there will be consequences for his actions. The president seems to regard the government, not just the Justice Department, as a tool to serve his personal and political interests. We've had a lot of presidents with plenty of foibles but none of them seems to equate their own ego with the entire functioning of the government of the United States except this one. Today, the Senate has sent a strong message to President Trump that under our Constitution, the executive branch and the legislative branch are coequal. Thanks to the framers of the Constitution, the United States of America has no king and we never will."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer applauded Republicans Thursday for a string of votes that he said amount to rare rebukes of President Donald Trump.
Speaking moments after the Senate voted to terminate President Trump's emergency declaration for the border wall with Mexico, Schumer said the vote "caps a week of something the American people haven't seen enough of in the past two years: Both parties in the United States Congress standing up to Donald Trump."
The 59-41 tally Thursday follows the Senate's vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen.
Trump had warned against both actions which promise to force him into hte first vetoes of his presidency.
But two years into the Trump era, Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, show a willingness to take that political risk.
Twelve Republicans, including the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, joined the dissent over the emergency declaration order that would enable the president to access billions of dollars Congress intended elsewhere for the wall.
Many senators said the vote was not necessarily a rebuke of the president or the border wall, but a defense of the constitution and protections against future presidents -- namely a Democratic president who wants to declare an emergency on climate change, gun control or any number of other issues.
Still, Schumer said he found hope in the move.
"My hope is that this past week isn't an aberration but a turning point. My hope is that Republicans now see how this president is trampling on the Constitution and understand that it is possible, in fact courageous, to stand up to him and say that there will be consequences for his actions," he said.