WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate voted on Thursday to reject President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 emergency declaration that diverts funds to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. The motion passed the Senate 59-41, delivering a huge rebuke to Trump on one of his key issues.
The resolution, which already passed in the House, is now headed to Trump’s desk. Trump has said he will veto the resolution. After the Senate vote, Trump posted a one-word tweet in all caps: “VETO!”
The vote also marked the first time Congress has used its power to reject a presidential emergency order.
In the end, 12 Republican senators voted with Democrats to reject the emergency declaration.
The Republicans that joined Democrats in voting yes on the resolution were:
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
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Roy Blunt of Missouri
Susan Collins of Maine
Mike Lee of Utah
Jerry Moran of Kansas
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Rob Portman of Ohio
Mitt Romney of Utah
Marco Rubio of Florida
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina who was a possible yes vote, voted no on the resolution. CNN has described Tillis as having been “somewhat circumspect” about the vote over the past few days.
Trump wants to use his declaration to steer $3.6 billion more to border barriers than lawmakers approved. He had warned Republicans to stick with him on the vote. He said doing otherwise would be siding with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But several Republicans defied that warning.
Today, I was proud to sign legislation making it clear – once again – that the Congress is committed to protecting the separation of powers in our Constitution & rejecting the President’s #FakeEmergency. pic.twitter.com/fjkX9VhqOM
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 14, 2019
According to The Associated Press, there aren’t enough votes to override the veto as a two-thirds majority is needed in Congress to override a presidential veto.
Reporting and writing from The Associated Press was used in this report.