Trump-basher Sen. Mitt Romney announced Thursday he will vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration.
Romney joins five other Senators and Democrats in voting against the emergency border declaration.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said on Thursday that he will oppose President Trump’s emergency declaration to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
“I will today vote for the resolution of disapproval. This is a vote for the constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core,” Romney said in a statement.
Romney is the sixth Republican senator to say he will vote for the resolution of disapproval, which is getting a vote in the Senate later Thursday.
In addition to Romney, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had already announced they would support the resolution. Shortly after Romney made his announcement, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) became the seventh Republican to say they will vote to block Trump’s resolution.
With all 47 Democrats expected to support the resolution of disapproval, it has the votes to pass the Senate and force a showdown with Trump, who has pledged he will veto it.
Trump made a series of eleventh-hour pleas to Republicans to vote against the resolution of disapproval, ranging from being open to amending emergency powers in the future to warn they were siding with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning.
He pivoted in a subsequent post, adding: “A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!“