Shortly after celebrating the passage of a bipartisan bill to keep the government open for the rest of the fiscal year, North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress released statements on news of a national emergency.
Almost immediately following the $22.5 billion budget agreement for border security, President Donald Trump announced his intentions of declaring a national emergency to bypass congressional approval and spend billions more on a southern border wall.
Reaction for lawmakers split along party lines.
"We support the president's efforts to strengthen border security and will continue working with him to secure the additional funding needed to construct physical barriers at the southern border," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in a statement on Friday.
Hoeven was one 17 members of Congress on a conference committee tasked with creating the $22.5 billion deal the president signed Thursday.
When the Senate passed that agreement the same day, a statement from Hoeven said he and other Republicans wanted "almost three times as much funding" for the wall, but it was the Democrats who "held that up."
Fellow North Dakota Republicans Sen. Kevin Cramer and Rep. Kelly Armstrong shared similar statements of support on Friday.
"As he's said from day one, POTUS will address the crisis at the southern border, whether or not Congress does," Cramer said. "Today he fulfilled that promise and acted-not without precedent-to put national security first."
"The crisis on our southern border needs to be addressed now and President Trump did what needs to be done by declaring a national emergency," Armstrong said. "For years, Congress and past administrations have kicked this can down the road. I will continue to work with the administration to better address the emergency, build the wall and stop the flow of drugs and human trafficking."
Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats from Minnesota, took to Twitter on Friday to speak out against the president's actions.
"Not getting what you want to fulfill a campaign promise/chant is not a national emergency," Klobuchar tweeted. "Taking money from real needs and emergencies is what will create an actual emergency."
"The President doesn't seem to realize that there isn't money tucked behind couch cushions in the federal government waiting to be spent," Smith said in a statement from her office on Friday. "We shouldn't be pulling vital funds away from the military for a political symbol. Americans deserve better than this attempt at a power grab-they deserve real solutions."
"Circumventing Congress on major budgetary decisions creates a dangerous precedent that future presidents could abuse," said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat representing northwestern Minnesota, in a statement. "The president should continue working with the House and Senate to find long-term solutions to major problems facing our southern border."