Kennedy and Cassidy side with Trump in Senate border emergency vote

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(KNOE) - Both U.S. Senators from Louisiana sided with President Trump on his border wall emergency declaration. Sen. Bill Cassidy and Sen. John Kennedy, both Republicans, joined 39 others to vote against a resolution that would overturn President Trump's emergency declaration. The final vote was 59-41 in favor of overturning the declaration.

Cassidy released the following statement after the vote:

“The crisis at our southern border is an emergency, and the White House has made a compelling legal case in support of its declaration,” said Dr. Cassidy. “I voted to secure our border, protect American citizens, and stop the flow of illegal immigration, gang members, deadly drugs, and sex trafficking into our country.”

Sen. Kennedy released the following statement after the vote:

“Declaring a national emergency was never my first choice for addressing the crisis at the border, but I don’t share the same hysteria of some of my colleagues about the president’s use of the National Emergencies Act. It doesn’t scare me,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues refuse to face the reality and urgency of the crisis at the southern border. Today’s vote was an easy decision. I voted for border security and a much-needed border wall because we need to enforce our immigration laws.”