House Votes to End Trump’s Emergency Declaration — Here Are the Republicans Who Joined Democrats
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The Democratically-controlled House of Representatives voted to terminate the declaration of national emergency from President Donald Trump on Tuesday and 13 Republicans joined them.
A resolution of disapproval to overturn Trump’s move passed the House by a vote of 245-182, with almost every Democrat and 13 Republicans supporting the measure.
Trump declared a national emergency earlier this month when Congress failed to meet his request of $8 billion for a barrier along the southern border.
Five lawmakers did not vote, including two Republicans: New York’s John Katko, who is one of three GOP members in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and Missouri’s Ann Wagner. Others not voting were Democrats Lois Frankel of Florida, Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon.
Here is the list of Republican U.S. representatives who voted to terminate the national emergency declaration at the border:
- Justin Amash, Michigan
- Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania
- Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin
- Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
- Will Hurd, Texas
- Dusty Johnson, South Dakota
- Thomas Massie, Kentucky
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington
- Francis Rooney, Florida
- Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin
- Elise Stefanik, New York
- Fred Upton, Michigan
- Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) has been very vocal in his opposition to the declaration. He argues that the action would be unconstitutional because it was taken in order to circumvent the opposition from Congress.
“In order to be consistent in preserving the constitutional structure of our Republic,” Massie tweeted, “I will be voting for the resolution to prevent the President from using a national emergency declaration to re-appropriate money for the wall.”
Massie added that he does support the border wall and he supports the president, but he opposes this act that he says undermines the checks and balances in our federal system.
Although the resolution passed easily in the House and may narrowly pass the Senate, it will almost certainly fail after President Trump vetoes it.
Congress can overturn a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses, but the bill doesn’t have nearly that level of support.