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.”
Q: Will you definitively veto that resolution that's introduced today that would block the national emergency, if it passes?"
President Trump: "On the wall? Will I veto it? 100%." pic.twitter.com/KkQvx4ELsN
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 22, 2019
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.”
GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who supports terminating Trump's emergency declaration, tells @devindwyer that "there are a lot of fair arguments" for more wall funding, but it "has to go through Congress."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 26, 2019
Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.):
Fitzpatrick took to Twitter to slam what he believed was an overreach of power.
On this issue, I concur with @justinamash. This is much bigger than any one issue, and any one President. This is about the Constitution, the separation of powers, and about setting precedents that apply equally to all future Congresses and all future Presidents. https://t.co/8PsshY3JtX
— Brian Fitzpatrick (@RepBrianFitz) February 26, 2019
“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.
I support border security; today I voted to prevent a future president from unilaterally enacting a Green New Deal: https://t.co/uV7s12V6UP
— JaimeHerreraBeutler (@HerreraBeutler) February 27, 2019
Representative Will Hurd:
Tomorrow, I will join my colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that requires Congressional approval for an emergency to last longer than 60 days. If Speaker Pelosi is serious about reasserting Congress’s constitutional powers, she will bring it to the floor for a vote.
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) February 26, 2019
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.):
There is a crisis at our border, but it’s not an emergency when Congress doesn’t spend money how the President wants. The President’s constitutional remedy is to veto spending bills that aren’t suitable to him, yet he has chosen to sign many bills that did not fund the wall.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 26, 2019
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.):
I’m 100% in favor of President Trump’s wall, and today’s vote had nothing to do with the need to build it. For the same reason I was against President Obama using his ‘pen and phone,’ I voted to disapprove of this unilateral executive action. pic.twitter.com/oGKN1kpPnw
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) February 26, 2019
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.):
Rep. Sensenbrenner Statement on National Emergency Declaration https://t.co/u7RSJvVXsX
— Sensenbrenner Press (@JimPressOffice) February 26, 2019
Representative Elise Stefanik (N.Y.):
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. (2/3)
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) February 26, 2019
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.):
Tonight I voted for the resolution of disapproval.
Strengthening our borders is an urgent necessity, but declaring a national emergency and reprogramming already appropriated funds without the approval of Congress is a violation of the Constitution. ➡️ https://t.co/GlxLq7hMbR pic.twitter.com/lXkwoHjMj2
— Fred Upton (@RepFredUpton) February 26, 2019
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.