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Which Republican senators supported nullifying Trump’s national emergency

The resolution passed with support from 12 Republicans. It would take twenty Republicans to override a presidential veto.

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Alexander

R-Tenn.

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Blunt

R-Mo.

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Collins

R-Maine

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Lee

R-Utah

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Moran

R-Kan.

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Murkowski

R-Alaska

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Paul

R-Ky.

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Portman

R-Ohio

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Romney

R-Utah

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Rubio

R-Fla.

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Toomey

R-Pa.

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Wicker

R-Miss.

Supports

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On Thursday the Senate passed the resolution to nullify President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) joined unified Democrat support in rebuking the president. The resolution is unlikely to overcome the anticipated presidential veto, which would require support from 8 other Republican senators.

Sens. Collins, Murkowski and Paul were early Republican supporters of the resolution. Sen. Tillis also advocated for the resolution, writing a Washington Post piece in February titled “I support Trump’s vision on border security. But I would vote against the emergency.” Tillis ultimately did not vote against the emergency.

Sen. Lee led compromise efforts to avoid the resolution passing, and put forth a bill to limit future emergency declarations. On Wednesday, President Trump squashed those efforts. Shortly thereafter Lee released a statement indicating he would be voting for the resolution “to terminate the latest emergency declaration.”

With hours to go before the vote, Sens. Alexander, Moran, Portman, Romney and Toomey announced their support of the resolution.

How Republicans voted

Opposed the resolution 41

Supported the resolution 12

These senators voted against the resolution to nullify Trump’s national emergency declaration.

These senators voted for the resolution.

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Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

"Over the past several weeks, I’ve met with the Vice President and senior White House staff to build consensus on amending the National Emergencies Act to prevent a future left-wing president from misusing their authority." Read more »

John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Mike Braun (R-Ind.)

“This legislation did not sufficiently address the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border and left President Trump with no other option than to declare a national emergency, which I support.” Read more »

Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
John Cornyn (R-Tex.)
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)

"I will vote NO on the resolution of disapproval." Read more »

Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)
Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)
Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)
Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)
James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe previously had concerns about the emergency declaration, but says he plans to oppose the disapproval resolution after getting “private assurances” that it’s “not going to affect MilCon.”

Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
John Neely Kennedy (R-La.)
James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

"Given the circumstances and the humanitarian and security situation at the border, which puts many at risk, I am going to be voting against the disapproval resolution, while I continue to advocate for additional funding and resources" Read more »

David Perdue (R-Ga.)
James E. Risch (R-Idaho)
Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)
Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.)
Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
John Thune (R-S.D.)
Todd C. Young (R-Ind.)
Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

"This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom." Read more »

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)

“I do support the lawsuit that was filed by the states. I think that may be the quickest way to get an injunction that would halt this transfer of funds.” Read more »

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

“I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration.” Read more »

Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

"I aggressively opposed the overreach of the past presidents and believe that I cannot pick and choose to now look the other way" Read more »

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

“I will be voting yes on the resolution of disapproval.” Read more »

Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

“I can’t vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president.” Read more »

Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

“No president has ever used what’s called the National Emergencies Act in this way.” Read more »

Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

"I will vote today for the resolution of disapproval." Read more »

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.)

“I support what the president is trying to do. I don’t support the way the president is going about it.” Read more »

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)

Opposed the resolution 41

Supported the resolution 12

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Opposed the resolution 41

These senators voted against the resolution to nullify Trump’s national emergency declaration.

1 update
Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

"Over the past several weeks, I’ve met with the Vice President and senior White House staff to build consensus on amending the National Emergencies Act to prevent a future left-wing president from misusing their authority." Read more »

John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Mike Braun (R-Ind.)

“This legislation did not sufficiently address the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border and left President Trump with no other option than to declare a national emergency, which I support.” Read more »

Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
John Cornyn (R-Tex.)
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)

"I will vote NO on the resolution of disapproval." Read more »

Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)
Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)
Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)
Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)
James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe previously had concerns about the emergency declaration, but says he plans to oppose the disapproval resolution after getting “private assurances” that it’s “not going to affect MilCon.”

Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
John Neely Kennedy (R-La.)
James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

"Given the circumstances and the humanitarian and security situation at the border, which puts many at risk, I am going to be voting against the disapproval resolution, while I continue to advocate for additional funding and resources" Read more »

David Perdue (R-Ga.)
James E. Risch (R-Idaho)
Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)
Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.)
Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
John Thune (R-S.D.)
Todd C. Young (R-Ind.)

Supported the resolution 12

These senators voted for the resolution.

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

"This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom." Read more »

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)

“I do support the lawsuit that was filed by the states. I think that may be the quickest way to get an injunction that would halt this transfer of funds.” Read more »

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

“I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration.” Read more »

Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

"I aggressively opposed the overreach of the past presidents and believe that I cannot pick and choose to now look the other way" Read more »

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

“I will be voting yes on the resolution of disapproval.” Read more »

Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

“I can’t vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president.” Read more »

Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

“No president has ever used what’s called the National Emergencies Act in this way.” Read more »

Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

"I will vote today for the resolution of disapproval." Read more »

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.)

“I support what the president is trying to do. I don’t support the way the president is going about it.” Read more »

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)

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Stances on the bill are sourced from lawmaker statements and news reports. Did we miss something? Let us know!

Legislator images via Government Printing Office. Social image from Salwan Georges.

Originally published Mar 4, 2019.

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