Sen. Roger Wicker was one of 12 Republicans to side with Democrats Thursday, passing a resolution against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall.
The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved.
Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats to pass the resolution.
MS junior Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a staunch Trump ally whom the president endorsed in her midterm election to the seat past year, voted against the resolution.
The vote will likely force Trump's first veto of his presidency.
"I'll do a veto".
"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said.
Republican lawmakers had hoped a deal on that measure would have helped more of them to back Trump's border emergency in Thursday's vote. Americans want them to just say no.
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Though Trump seems sure to prevail in a veto battle, it remains noteworthy that lawmakers of both parties resisted him in a fight directly tied to his cherished campaign theme of erecting a border wall. The call was described by two officials who weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and described it on condition of anonymity. Instead, several Republicans are being boxed into a thorny dilemma: defy Trump and the conservative voters who back him passionately, or assent to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and risky expansion of presidential authority.
Underscoring the political pressures in play, Sen.
Still, the breadth of opposition among Republicans suggested how concern about his declaration had spread to all corners of the GOP.
Among the dozen Republican senators who voted against Trump's declaration were Mitt Romney of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Democrats solidly opposed Trump's declaration.
The other GOP senators who have said they will vote to block Trump's border emergency are Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kentucky's Rand Paul. However, she fully expected Trump would declare the national emergency. He said he'd vote to block Trump's emergency because his own bill "does not have an immediate path forward". "I shared with him that I strongly support his plan to build walls on our southern border, but that an emergency declaration was the wrong approach", the statement read.
Gardner released this statement on why he voted against that resolution: "There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution".
The National Emergency Act gives presidents wide leeway in declaring an emergency. To overturn the president's veto, the resolution would need approval by two-thirds of members in each chamber of congress. That would have applied to future emergencies but not Trump's current order unless he sought to renew it next year.