U.S. Senate Votes to Overturn Trump's Emergency Declaration at Mexican Border

March 14, 2019

On Tuesday, by a vote of 59-41, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to overturn President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the country's southwestern border with Mexico. “I believe the use of emergency powers in this circumstance violates the Constitution,” said Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, in a handwritten statement he shared on Twitter. “This continues our country down the path of [an> all-powerful executive—something those who wrote the Constitution were fearful of.” The House of Representatives recently passed a similar measure. As The New York Times notes, this marks the first time in American history that Congress has voted to block a presidential emergency declaration, a rebuke that will almost certainly be vetoed by Trump--who insists he was acting in the interest of quelling an immigration crisis in order to redirect funds toward his long-promised border wall--and set the stage for legal battles concerning the declaration's constitutionality. If Trump rejects Congress' action, it will mark the first veto of his presidency.