Thirteen Republicans rebuked President Donald Trump on Tuesday, supporting a Democratic effort to block his national emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A resolution of disapproval to overturn Trump’s move passed the House by a vote of 245-182, with almost every Democrat and 13 Republicans supporting the measure. Trump declared a national emergency earlier this month when Congress failed to meet his request of $8 billion for a barrier along the southern border. Lawmakers allocated nearly $1.4 billion for 55 miles of barriers in a recent government funding bill.
Five lawmakers did not vote, including two Republicans: New York’s John Katko, who is one of three GOP members in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and Missouri’s Ann Wagner. Others not voting were Democrats Lois Frankel of Florida, Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon.
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Some GOP lawmakers who had voiced concerns about Trump infringing on Congress’ constitutional spending authority ultimately did not back the resolution. But those who did support it tended to cite a “dangerous” precedent set by the chief executive declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress. Four are Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets in 2020.
Here are the 13 Republicans who pushed back on the national emergency declaration:
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
The five-term congressman was the only GOP lawmaker to co-sponsor the disapproval resolution, arguing that the national emergency declaration usurped Congress’ constitutional role. Amash blasted fellow Republicans who decried executive overreach under former President Barack Obama, saying in a tweet, “If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it.”
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates his 3rd District race as Solid Republican. Trump carried the seat by 9 points in 2016, and Amash won re-election last year by 11 points. The DCCC did not list Amash as one of its 2020 targets.
Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
Clinton would have carried Fitzpatrick’s 1st District by 2 points had the new Pennsylvania congressional lines been in place in 2016. To survive in the swing district, the two-term lawmaker has emphasized his penchant for bipartisanship and his experience as a former FBI agent. Fitzpatrick previously said declaring a national emergency “sets a bad precedent.”
He is once again a top Democratic target after defeating self-funder Scott Wallace by nearly 3 points points last fall. Inside Elections rates his re-election race Tilts Republican.
Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher
Gallagher said recently that he was concerned with the precedent a national emergency would set. Trump carried his 8th District by 18 points in 2016, and Gallagher easily won a second term last year. Inside Elections rates his race Solid Republican.
Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Herrera Beutler announced earlier this month that she did not support Trump’s move to declare a national emergency, saying it set a “dangerous precedent.” She is a DCCC target this cycle after winning a fifth term last fall by 5 points against college professor Carolyn Long. Trump carried the 3rd District, which includes Vancouver, by 7 points in 2016. Inside Elections rates the race Likely Republican.
Texas Rep. Will Hurd
Hurd is the only Republican representing a district along the U.S.-Mexico border. The three-term lawmaker said during a recent appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation that a national emergency to secure funding would set a “dangerous precedent” and infringe on Texas ranchers and farmers.
Hurd, a former CIA agent, represents the expansive 23rd District, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso, and backed Clinton by 3 points in 2016. Hurd narrowly won re-election in November, defeating former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones by half a point. Inside Elections rates his re-election race a Toss-up.
South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson
The freshman Republican, who was a telecommunications executive before running for Congress, is the at-large member for a state that Trump carried by nearly 30 points in 2016. Inside Elections rates his re-election Solid Republican.
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie
Massie often votes with the most conservative lawmakers, although he is not a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. Trump carried his safe Republican seat by 36 points in 2016. Massie tweeted Tuesday, “There is a crisis at our border, but it’s not an emergency when Congress doesn’t spend money how the President wants.”
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The former House GOP conference chairwoman bucked her party after voicing concerns about a Democratic president using national emergency powers to advance his or her agenda.
McMorris Rodgers was not listed as a DCCC target in 2020 after fending off former state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown by 10 points last year. Trump carried her 5th District by 13 points in 2016. Inside Elections rates the 5th District race Solid Republican.
Florida Rep. Francis Rooney
The sophomore Republican represents a safe GOP seat that Trump carried by more than 20 points in 2016. Rooney, a former ambassador to the Vatican, won re-election last fall by nearly 25 points. Inside Elections rates his 2020 race Solid Republican.
Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
The longtime congressman recently said that Trump’s declaration sets a “dangerous precedent” for future administrations. Sensenbrenner is from a safe Republican seat that Trump carried by 20 points in 2016.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
Stefanik often sides with moderates in the GOP conference and hasn’t hesitated to buck the president and party leadership. She voted against her party’s tax overhaul in 2017.
Democrats have tried targeting her upstate New York seat, but she easily won a third term last fall, defeating her Democratic opponent by 14 points. She’s not a Democratic target in 2020, and Inside Elections rates her re-election Solid Republican.
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
Upton won a 17th term by less than 5 points last fall, and Democrats are once again targeting his suburban seat in 2020 amid speculation that the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee might decide to retire. Trump carried his 6th District with just over 50 percent of the vote in 2016. Inside Elections rates the race Likely Republican.
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden
Walden broke with his party in recent votes to open the government and said recently that he objected to a president acting outside his spending authorities. A former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, Walden is not a DCCC target. Trump carried his district by 20 points in 2016 and Inside Elections rates his race Solid Republican.