In a stunning rebuke to President Donald Trump, 12 Republicans opted to oppose his decision to declare a national emergency in order to build a border wall - a striking blow to his agenda and a clear warning to Trump about presidential overreach.
Trump said he would veto a bipartisan resolution senators plan to pass today that would terminate his national emergency.
"A vote for today's resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!" he tweeted. Neither margin would be large enough to override a presidential veto, but both chambers voting to defy Trump for the first time in his presidency is a major setback at a time when numerous House committees are launching investigations of his campaign, administration and personal business. "It's not going to be overturned".
He argued that Congress has had decades to address border security and immigration reform, but they have failed to do so.
A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Trump, however, has claimed the people attempting to enter the USA along the southern border are mostly gang members and terrorists.
The Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate - Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Chuck Schumer of NY - called the declaration "unlawful", and said it was a "power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process". "The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass". The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on internal deliberations.
"Each one of us in this body has sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States", he said before casting his vote against the president.
Underscoring the political pressures in play, Sen.
Still, the breadth of opposition among Republicans suggested how concern about his declaration had spread to all corners of the GOP. Would that more Republicans follow his example.
Toomey said upholding the separation of powers is "very important" and that the president made "a mistake" by seeking to build the wall with funds that were not appropriated by Congress.
Given Trump's anticipated veto, the best chance of blocking his emergency declaration may come through the courts, where the action faces serval legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general, borderland residents and environmental groups. The resolution is privileged, which means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could not block it from coming to the floor for a vote.
"I'm with the president on this one", Hawley said in a video posted to Twitter last week.
Mr. Trump last month signed a spending bill that includes $1.375 billion in border wall money approved by Congress.
"The President's actions clearly violate the Congress's exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution", said a statement the pair released.
Republicans had hoped that Trump would endorse a separate bill by Utah's Sen.
Say this for Senator Mike Lee: He is trying to make the best of a bad situation. And the more they do, the angrier Trump will get, and the more likely he'll be to start campaigning not just against Democrats but against Congress in general, including members of his own party. I count at least six: Martha McSally (Arizona), Cory Gardner (Colorado), David Perdue (Georgia), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Susan Collins (Maine), and Thom Tillis (North Carolina). The effort fell short.
Trump, deeply frustrated and still smarting from his defeat, appeared in the Rose Garden on February 15 and declared a national emergency. The declaration would allow the president to access federal funding for construction of border fencing without congressional approval.
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