The Senate has just approved the resolution of disapproval of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency:
The Senate easily voted to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border. The vote set up the first veto of his presidency. https://t.co/x5NMAPNcb3— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) March 14, 2019
#BreakingNews @Fox5DC: The U.S. Senate has voted 59-41 to reject President #Trump’s #NationalEmergency on the U.S & Mexico Border. The President has said he will veto the resolution when it reaches his desk. pic.twitter.com/qXl3eUNrrL— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) March 14, 2019
It’s passage was anticipated, of course, as a handful of Republicans had already announced they would vote for the resolution.
But it turns out that 12 Republicans in total decided to join Democrats, and here are their names:
Senate voted, 59-41, on resolution that would terminate Trump's national emergency declaration— K Tully-McManus (@ktullymcmanus) March 14, 2019
GOP senators in favor:
That’s a much longer list of Republicans than I thought would vote for it. Jeez.
But notice that Thom Tillis is not on that list. He announced just before the vote that he decided to vote against the resolution of disapproval. He also wrote it in an op-ed published by the Washington Post.
Via The Hill:
Tillis announced in a Feb. 25 Washington Post op-ed he would support a disapproval resolution but changed his mind Thursday.
“I will be voting against the resolution of disapproval,” he said on the Senate floor, pointing to what he called a “crisis at the border.”
“We have to recognize that we have a crisis at the border, 76,000 people crossing illegally in February alone. We have narcotics flooding our country, poisoning our children and adults of all ages,” he said.
It was a reversal from the position he stated in late February when he wrote “Republicans need to realize that this will lead inevitably to regret when a Democrat once again controls the White House, cites the precedent set by Trump, and declares his or her own national emergency to advance a policy that couldn’t gain congressional approval.”
He noted that he and other conservatives “cried foul” when former President Barack Obama invoked executive authority to circumvent Congress.
“There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there’s an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach — that it’s acceptable for my party but not thy party,” he wrote in the Post op-ed.
I’ll have a complete roll call on this as soon as it becomes available.