Dem-Controlled House Voted to Block Trump’s Emergency — Here Are the 13 Republicans Who Joined Them

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On Tuesday, the House voted on a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

The bill passed with a 245-182 vote in the Democrat-majority House. The resolution now passes to the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he expects it to be voted on by mid-March.

The resolution passed in the House with help of 13 Republicans who broke with their party to vote with the resolution. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise reminded reporters this does not give the resolution a veto-proof margin and that Republicans would continue to support the president.

“When you see the vote today there will be nowhere near the votes to override a veto,” Scalise said to NPR. “Ultimately we are gonna stand with the president in making sure we can secure this border and confront this national crisis that’s taking lives every single day.”

Trump also spoke out last Friday about the resolution, saying he would veto it “100 percent.”


Here are the Republicans who voted for the resolution:

Representative Justin Amash (Mich.):

The Michigan lawmaker spoke to ABC News on Tuesday before the vote to explain his reasoning behind voting for the resolution.

“There are a lot of fair arguments being made for additional funding, for additional fencing, for enhanced fencing. But that funding has to go through Congress,” Amash said to ABC News. “The president doesn’t get to just declare an emergency for something that Congress has deliberated many times over the past several years.”


Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.):

Fitzpatrick took to Twitter to slam what he believed was an overreach of power.

“This is about the Constitution, the separation of powers, and about setting precedents that apply equally to all future Congresses and all future Presidents,” said Fitzpatrick.

Representative Mike Gallagher (Wis.):

Gallagher is serving his second term in Wisconsin’s 8th district, where Trump is highly popular. While he does agree with Trump on many policy issues, he also pointed out a national emergency order could be undone as quickly as it was started.

“While I may happen to agree more than disagree with what Trump wants to do on border security right now, doing anything through executive order is impermanent,” said Gallagher. “It can just be undone by the next administration.”

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.):

According to Representative Beutler, her support for this resolution prevented presidents in the future from signing an emergency order for the Green New Deal.

Representative Will Hurd:

Hurd will announce legislation to put limits on how long a national emergency declaration can be active.

Representative Dusty Johnson (SD.):

In a statement to Kelo Land, Johnson said he did not want it to be a similar situation to working under former President Barack Obama.

“An emergency declaration is the wrong approach, however. I spent eight years under President Obama fighting ever-expanding executive authority. I remain committed to that principle,” said Johnson.

Representative Thomas Massie (Ky.):

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.):

Representative Francis Rooney (Fla.):

Rooney represents the 19th district of Florida and is a strong supporter of conservation. He has not spoken out on his vote for the resolution.

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.):

Representative Elise Stefanik (N.Y.):

The New York lawmaker tweeted that no matter which party, she would always vote against the overreach of executive power.

“As a Constitutional conservative, I consistently criticized President Obama’s executive overreach. No matter the party, I will stand up against executive action that circumvents Congress,” said Stefanik.

Representative Fred Upton (Mich.):

Representative Greg Walden (Ore.):

During a town hall, Walden said his problem was with Trump overstepping his boundaries.

“If what Trump is doing exceeds the authority Congress has given him, I’ll have a big problem with it,” said Walden.

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