The Senate voted Thursday to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over the southern border, a sharp bipartisan rebuke of the president’s flex of executive power.
The chamber comfortably passed the measure in a 59-41 vote. Twelve Republicans supported it.
Trump plans to reject the bill, which the Democratic-held House has already passed. The veto would be the first of his presidency. Neither chamber appears to have enough support to overcome Trump’s opposition with a two-thirds majority vote.
Republican senators who worried about executive overreach dealt an embarrassing blow to the president, who publicly lobbied the GOP to support his declaration in recent days. GOP lawmakers who voted to terminate Trump’s action voiced concerns not only about presidents circumventing Congress’ appropriations power, but also the prospect of Democratic administrations declaring emergencies on other topics in the future.