The president made the national emergency declaration in order to pay for the border wall.
Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on a 59-41 vote Thursday. Sen.
Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Coulter seemed to mock Republicans who voted against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.
"It was called turn out the lights, the party's over", said Sen. The roll call came just a day after the Senate took a step toward a veto fight with Trump on another issue, voting to end USA support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in Yemen.
Trump declared the emergency so he could steer $3.6 billion more to border barriers than Congress approved.
At the White House, Trump did not answer when reporters asked if there would be consequences for Republicans who voted against him. Only 13 Republican House members initially voted to approve the resolution; more than 40 additional GOP lawmakers would need to go against the White House. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on internal deliberations.
Wicker sent out a statement Thursday afternoon, saying he supports a border wall but expressed concerned about the precedent a national emergency would set, not only during the current presidency, but future ones as well.
"Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch", Lee said.
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Roberts said he agreed with Trump that the US has reached a crisis at the border. A White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who oppose him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help.
Among the dozen Republican senators who voted against Trump's declaration were Mitt Romney of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said.
Even before Thursday's vote, there were warnings that GOP senators resisting Trump could face political consequences.
Gardner released this statement on why he voted against that resolution: "There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution". She said the House would never even consider the separate bill limiting future declarations by presidents, including Trump.
Anyone in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol take cover. "The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass".
In a measure of how remarkable the confrontation was, Thursday was the first time Congress has voted to block a presidential emergency since the National Emergency Act became law in 1976.
Congress is not expected to garner enough votes to override a presidential veto.