Senate Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues on Thursday to vote to block President Trumps border emergency information – a step that will ask the President's first ever veto.
The president made his intentions crystal clear, tweeting "VETO!" moments after the decision cleared the congress. The White House said that Trump would probably issue the vet Friday.
The measure consisted of 59-41 as a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in favor of the resolution, despite the White House's efforts to keep the GOP united in the issue of border security. The GOP members who supported the decision cited concerns about the expansion of presidential powers.
"I'm going to vote for the decision of disapproval," Sen said. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to reporters before the vote. "This is a constitutional question, it is a matter of balance of power that is at the heart of our constitution."
"It's not about the president or border security, I actually support border security, I support a barrier," he said.
The other Republicans who voted to oppose the statement were Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn .; Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
Late. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Had said he would oppose the statement but turned on the Senate League and said he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.
Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Before the vote, he said "takes his hat off" to the Republicans voting with Democrats while accusing Trump of "going around Congress" with the statement.
"It's an important day," he said, stating that the balance of power shifted back to Congress.
The measure is next to Trump's desk, which previously passed the house. But Trump is planning to veto, and it is unlikely that Parliament and the Senate could muster the required two-thirds majority to override.
Trump originally issued the Declaration of Emergency last month after Congress awarded only a fraction of the $ 5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the southern border. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to manage an extra 3.6 billion. Dollar to the wall.
The initiation of the decision-making vote was marked by last-minute efforts to avoid confrontation within the party, but these efforts fell through. In the meantime, Vice President Mike Pence called on the Republicans to support the National Emergency Response Statement in a Thursday morning interview on "Fox & Friends."
"A vote against the president's national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis happening at our southern border. So we urge all members of the Senate to set aside policy to recognize that we have a crisis," he "Fox & Friends" "Pete Hegseth.
Trump shrugged off the impending vote when asked about it by journalists in the Oval Office earlier Thursday.
"I don't know what the vote will be, it doesn't matter, I'll have to veto," he said.
Late. Lee on Tuesday had introduced a bill that would automatically end future emergency declarations after 30 days, a step that could have allowed Republicans to vote against Thursday's decision.
But after Trump said he was against Lee's legislation, Lee said he would return the measure to contest Trump on the border emergency. At the Senate he said, while backing Trump's policy on immigration, he could not support the emergency report and that Congress had to withdraw its powers.
Trump tweeted before the vote that if Congress wanted to change the law on emergency declarations in the future, "I will support these efforts", suggesting another moment's impetus to keep Republicans aboard.
Trump, shortly before the poll, said Thursday that "a vote for today's resolution of Republican senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, crime and Open Border Democrats."
Fox News & # 39; Lukas Mikelionis, Kelly Phares, John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.