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Cramer, Hoeven oppose resolution against Trump's emergency declaration

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After the Senate on Thursday voted to reject President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., released statements opposing the move.

Twelve Republican senators joined all Senate Democrats in passing a resolution disapproving the president's emergency declaration issued in February. Trump, describing the situation as a "humanitarian crisis," had declared the emergency to get funding for a southern border wall with Mexico.

Though Democratic senators viewed the president's decision as an overreach of executive powers, Hoeven said Trump "has the authority under current law to declare a national emergency."

"Given the situation at the southern border—both with security issues and the humanitarian crisis—I believe this is an emergency," Hoeven said in a statement Thursday. "We need to secure our border, and that requires a physical barrier, as well as technology and additional border patrol personnel."

Cramer also maintained that Trump is acting within his "constitutional and statutory authority."

"If Congress did not want the President to take action, we should have worked with him when we had the opportunity," Cramer said in his statement. "And if Congress did not want the President to use emergency powers, we should not have given them to him in the first place."

Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both Democrats, voted in favor of the resolution.

On Twitter, Klobuchar said the Senate's action represented a "bipartisan rebuke of the President unconstitutional power grab."

Trump has said he would veto the resolution, which would send it back to the Democrat-controlled House.

Dan Niepow

Niepow covers social and community issues for the Grand Forks Herald. Before joining the paper, he worked as a magazine writer and editor. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he currently resides over the river in East Grand Forks, Minn. To reach Niepow with story ideas, send him an email at or call him at (701) 780-1110. Follow him on Twitter @dniep.

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