‘Dirty Dozen’: The 12 Senate Republicans who voted against Trump’s national emergency on the border

As expected, the Senate voted 59-41 on a resolution Thursday blocking President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. While only four GOP votes were needed, what wasn’t expected is the number who aligned with Democrats.

Joining all 45 Democrats and the two independent senator’s who caucus with them –Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Angus King, I-Maine — in rebuking the president were 12 Republican senators.

The list of defectors included the usual moderate Republican suspects, who appear to have a new member among their ranks in Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and a few of the party’s more conservative senators — six of the lawmakers are on the Appropriations Committee.

And to be clear, their bravery only goes so far, as only one of the 12 GOP senators is up for reelection in 2020, Maine Sen. Susan Collins. As the last Republican lawmaker in New England, opposing Trump is likely to help her cause.

If there was a surprise Thursday, it was Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.,, who authored an op-ed in The Washington Post two weeks ago opposing the emergency declaration, only to flip at the last minute and vote against the resolution.

As you might guess, he is up for reelection in 2020 in a state Trump won by 3.6% of the vote — all of which suggests Tillis did some polling and didn’t like what he saw.

After suddenly determining that there is a “crisis at the border,” Tillis took to the Senate floor to say, “I will be voting against the resolution of disapproval,” according to The Hill.

With the measure passing in the Democrat-controlled House last month in a 245–182 vote, with 13 Republican defections, the legislation will now go to Trump’s desk for an anticipated veto.

President Trump took to Twitter after the vote to say he will veto the resolution.

“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country. I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!” he tweeted.

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