The Senate voted on Thursday to reject President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, setting up the first veto battle with his White House.
Senators voted 59-41 to pass the resolution of disapproval blocking Trump’s declaration, delivering a bipartisan rebuke to what lawmakers in both parties deemed executive overreach by a president.
Twelve Republican senators broke rank and voted with all the Democrats.
The measure passed the House last month, 245-182.
The resolution will now head to Trump’s desk, where he is expected to use the first veto of his presidency to defeat it.
“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….” Trump said in a string of tweets before the vote.
A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019