US Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York joined 14 other Republican lawmakers Tuesday who voted in favor of overturning President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border.
The House voted 245-182 to block the president’s move, which came after Congress agreed to appropriate roughly $1.3 billion dollars for border security — far less than the $5.7 billion Trump had wanted.
Stefanik said that while is a “strong supporter” of securing the border, the president’s decision to reallocate funding from military construction projects is the “wrong decision.”
“As a Constitutional conservative, I consistently criticized President Obama’s executive overreach. No matter what Party is represented in the White House, I will stand up against executive action that circumvents Congress. I will continue to negotiate in good faith to fully fund securing the border, and I urge my Democrat colleagues to commit to doing the same,” she said.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s planning a vote within the next three weeks. “I personally couldn’t handicap the outcome at this point,” McConnell said.
The President’s move to declare an emergency, came after he accepted roughly $1.3billion dollars from Congress for border security. Trump said he will veto the resolution in a move that would mark the first time he has exercised a veto during his presidency.