Senate lawmakers on both sides of the aisle handed President Donald Trump another defeat on Thursday as twelve Republicans joined the Democrats in rebuking the president’s national emergency declaration over border security.
According to The New York Times, the Senate voted 59-41 to overturn the declaration, setting the stage for the first veto of Trump’s presidency.
Still, Democrats did not snag enough Republican votes to override the impending veto.
Those who defected and voted for the measure included: “Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Mr. Moran.”
Despite attempts to persuade as many Republicans as possible to side with the president, those mentioned above remained unconvinced that Trump did not overstep his constitutional authority by declaring the emergency — which came as Congress refused to supply full funding for Trump’s border wall project.
Though lawmakers will be unable to thwart Trump’s veto, the Times noted that the vote “marks an explicit rebuke of Mr. Trump’s effort to end-run the constitutional power of the purse given to Congress.”
The resolution could also “bolster a number of lawsuits contesting the emergency declaration as a flagrant violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers,” the newspaper said.
Trump defended his national emergency declaration again on Thursday, tweeting, “Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress....”
The president also tweeted that Republicans’ vote today was “vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!”