The Senate have given their decision on the national emergency declaration here’s what they had to say.
Recently, the Senate passed a resolution that will end the national emergency on the border with a less than veto-proof majority. President Trump has already stated if the declaration does not pass he will veto the legislation.
Multiple Senate Republicans have voted against President Trump’s national emergency.
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) voted for eliminating Trump’s national emergency.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has previously stated he would vote to end the emergency, recently said he will back Trump’s emergency after Trump said he will work with Republicans on a president’s national emergency authority.
Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) voted in favor of the national emergency.
Many other Republicans have stood by President Trump and have said he has a right to take action at the southern border.
Sen. Graham stated, “I voted with President Trump and rejected Nancy Pelosi’s motion of disapproval regarding the emergency declaration to build a barrier on the southern border.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said ahead of the vote that she will vote to keep Trump’s national emergency, stating:
Since Congress gave emergency powers to the executive branch in 1976 under the National Emergencies Act, presidents from both political parties have declared national emergencies in the United States over situations far less dire than the security and humanitarian crisis that is currently plaguing the southern border. The president and Congress must take swift action to secure our border, protect our citizens, and defend our sovereignty. I support President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, and I reject the resolution of disapproval.
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) stated, despite some media reports, there remains a “five-alarm crisis” at the southern border.
“There’s a five-alarm crisis going on down there. It’s not just the human traffic; it’s the drug traffic,” Perdue said. “This is not just about building the wall; it’s about closing the loopholes and getting border patrol agents the resources they need.”
The Georgia conservative traveled to the southern border with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and witnessed first-hand the border crisis. Perdue said that the border crisis was “staggering.” The two Republicans saw illegal crossing hotspots and received real-time briefings from border patrol agents.
Daines said that he backs Trump’s national emergency, contending that without a secure border, every state is a border state.
“Montana is a northern border state with a southern border problem. Our communities all over Montana are being torn apart by the flood of Mexican meth coming through the southern border,” Daines said. “We must protect our citizens and secure the border.”
President Trump found it “hard to believe” that any Republican would vote against his efforts to secure the border.