The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday for a second time to end the national emergency on the southern border the president declared in February, a move Donald Trump would almost certainly veto if it reached his desk.
Trump, with his very first veto, struck down a similar measure that had cleared both the House and Senate in March. Congress was unable to muster the votes to override that veto.
The Senate vote to approve the resolution was 54-41.
Trump declared the emergency on the southern border to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he promised to build during his 2016 campaign.
Democratic lawmakers said the move was an unconstitutional power grab that undercut Congress’ power of the purse, or the ability to tax and spend public money for the national government.
Republicans insisted Trump had acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, under which previous presidents had declared dozens of emergencies.
The issue landed in the courts and Trump won an early battle in July when the conservative-majority Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block a ruling by a federal judge in California that barred the Republican president from redirecting $2.5 billion in funds.
Congress has refused to meet Trump’s demands to fund a wall, although it has provided some funds for border fencing and other barriers.
This year, Trump sought $5.7 billion in wall funding. When Congress refused, a standoff ensued that triggered a month-long partial government shutdown that ended when the president agreed to $1.37 billion for border barriers, far less than he wanted.
Trump then declared the emergency, vowing to divert funds from other accounts for the wall.
The 11 Republicans who voted against President Donald Trump were Sens. Alexander, Blunt, Collins, Lee, Murkowski, Moran, Paul, Portman, Romney, Toomey and Wicker.
BREAKING: The Senate has voted 54-41 to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border and to stop the diversion of military funds to pay for a wall along the border.
Story to come for @CourthouseNews
— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) September 25, 2019
Senate votes 54-41 to block Trump's national emergency declaration used to get border wall funding. Vulnerable Republicans up in 2020 who sided with Trump here include Gardner, McSally and Tillis https://t.co/aQHxzPVzJG
— Jacob Pramuk (@jacobpramuk) September 25, 2019
The Senate votes to terminate President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, 54-41.
11 Republicans joined Democrats in opposing Trump's national emergency declaration — a clear warning to Trump about presidential overreach.
— Mariam Khan (@MKhan47) September 25, 2019
Senate votes again to END Trump's emergency border declaration.
11 Republicans voted in favor of the measure:
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) September 25, 2019
11 Republicans buck party leadership to vote to end Trump emergency declaration on border wall https://t.co/wBqMXIqOoT
— Carol Skusek (@skusek_carol) September 25, 2019
JUST IN: The Senate passed a resolution 54-41 repealing a national emergency declaration President Trump made in February to divert federal money to build a border wall.
It didn’t receive enough votes to override a presidential veto. 11 Republicans voted for the resolution.
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 25, 2019
Author: Reuters Wire
Source: The Federalist Papers: 11 Republicans Side With Schumer, Against Trump In Border Emergency Vote