Additional Congressmen and women released statements about their votes.
I support President Trump and I support the wall. In fact I voted to fund the wall for the full amount requested by @realDonaldTrump. I also called out President Obama when he tried to use his pen and phone to sidestep Congress on immigration, war, healthcare, and gun control.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 26, 2019
In order to be consistent in preserving the constitutional structure of our Republic, I will be voting for the resolution to prevent the President from using a national emergency declaration to re-appropriate money for the wall.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 26, 2019
The appropriations process belongs within Congress according to the Constitution. To the extent that Congress has in the past relinquished some of that authority broadly, it has done so recklessly.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 26, 2019
There is a crisis at our border, but it’s not an emergency when Congress doesn’t spend money how the President wants. The President’s constitutional remedy is to veto spending bills that aren’t suitable to him, yet he has chosen to sign many bills that did not fund the wall.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 26, 2019
Tonight I voted for the resolution of disapproval.— Fred Upton (@RepFredUpton) February 26, 2019
Strengthening our borders is an urgent necessity, but declaring a national emergency and reprogramming already appropriated funds without the approval of Congress is a violation of the Constitution. ?? https://t.co/GlxLq7hMbR pic.twitter.com/lXkwoHjMj2
I’m 100% in favor of President Trump’s wall, and today’s vote had nothing to do with the need to build it. For the same reason I was against President Obama using his ‘pen and phone,’ I voted to disapprove of this unilateral executive action. pic.twitter.com/oGKN1kpPnw— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) February 26, 2019
We have a problem at our border which is why I have supported over $220B for homeland security including technology, manpower and barriers. But possibly taking money from Joint Base SA, Laughlin AFB and Fort Bliss will not help. That’s why I voted against the national emergency.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) February 26, 2019
Tomorrow, I will join my colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that requires Congressional approval for an emergency to last longer than 60 days. If Speaker Pelosi is serious about reasserting Congress’s constitutional powers, she will bring it to the floor for a vote.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) February 26, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released the following statement about the decision:
House Democrats chose today to make a purely political statement against President Trump instead of taking seriously the national emergency at our country’s southern border. The President’s declaration – along with legislative action to appropriate funds for border security – will answer the call from experts and border security personnel on the ground to provide the resources needed to stop illegal entry into our country and the dangers associated with it.
Through their resistance, Democrats are closing their eyes and turning their backs to human trafficking victims, victims of drug addiction, and Angel Families who have lost loved ones.
Not only does the President have the legal authority to declare this national emergency under two federal statutes, the move is far from unprecedented: there are currently 31 national emergencies still in effect since the National Emergencies Act was enacted by Congress in 1976.
House Republicans will continue to listen to the experts and the American people, who agree we need stronger border security. I invite House Democrats to join us in protecting the citizens of the United States.
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) released the following statement:
While Speaker Pelosi and her liberal lieutenants refuse to support the money necessary to secure our border, President Trump took an oath to keep our country safe, and is using all legal tools available to protect Americans from the crime, drugs, and human trafficking that comes across our southern border every day. Speaker Pelosi’s resolution blocking the national emergency declaration is another example of her refusal to secure our border, and would leave Americans less safe. I was proud to stand with victims of illegal immigrant crime today and vote against this useless and irresponsible resolution.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday evening to overturn President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration along the southern border. The declaration was a way for Trump to build his highly-anticipated border wall without Congressional approval.
The vote predominately came down party lines. These are the 13 Republicans voted in favor of the resolution:
• Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
• Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
• Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
• Rep. Jamie Herrera Butler (R-WA)
• Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)
• Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD)
• Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
• Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
• Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL)
• Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
• Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
• Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
• Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
Amash took to Twitter to explain his vote while also slamming fellow Republicans:
The same congressional Republicans who joined me in blasting Pres. Obama’s executive overreach now cry out for a king to usurp legislative powers. If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 23, 2019
The vote passed with a vote of 245-182.
This post has been updated with additional details. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Rep. Justin Amash was the only Republican to support the resolution disapproving of the national emergency declaration.