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.
Border security is vital to our national security, which is why I voted against the resolution of disapproval for President Trump’s national emergency declaration. My full statement ⬇️https://t.co/n6XZXb4WHi
- Senator John Hoeven (@SenJohnHoeven) March 14, 2019
If Congress did not want @POTUS to take action, we should have worked with him when we had the opportunity.
And if Congress did not want the President to use emergency powers, we should not have given them to him in the first place.
- Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) March 14, 2019
The Constitution doesn't have an article about unfulfilled campaign promises.
This was a bipartisan rebuke of the President’s unconstitutional power grab.
- Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 14, 2019
The president's abuse of power is unconstitutional. He's manufacturing a fake national emergency and dividing our country for political gain. Today I voted to stop it.
- Tina Smith (@TinaSmithMN) March 14, 2019