Senators vote against resolution of disapproval for president’s national emergency declaration

North Dakota’s senators both cast their votes on Thursday afternoon against a resolution of disapproval for President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

The Senate passed the resolution on a vote of 59-41.

“There is a crisis at the southern border. Immigration arrested 266,000 criminal aliens in the last two fiscal years, including those charged with or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer in a news release issued by his office shortly after the vote.

“Congress accepted a paltry $1.375 billion to address this crisis knowing in advance that the President would declare this national emergency. If Congress did not want the President 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.

“I voted against the resolution because I read the declaration and I read the statutes, and I am confident President Trump is within his constitutional and statutory authority,” Cramer also said.

“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,” said Hoeven in a news release issued by his office following the vote.

“I believe the President has the authority under current law to declare a national emergency, and given the situation at the southern border – both with security issues and the humanitarian crisis – I believe this is an emergency. We need to secure our border and that requires a physical barrier, as well as technology and additional border patrol personnel,” Hoeven said.

President Trump is now expected to veto the resolution.

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