Pelosi signs H.J. Res 46, relating to a national emergency declared by Trump, after the US Senate voted on the bill 59-41, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP photo
WASHINGTON: The United States (US) Senate on Thursday voted 59-41 in favour of ing President Donald Trumps declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, Xinhua news agency reported.
The move, coupled with a vote by the House of Representatives, dealt a blow to Trumps bid to build a border wall and is expected to force Trump to exercise veto powers for the first time since becoming president.
This is also the first time Congress acted against a national emergency declaration since the National Emergencies Act was enacted in 1976.
VETO! Trump tweeted shortly after the vote.
He told a press event earlier Thursday that he did not expect his veto to be overturned.
In Thursdays vote, 12 Republican Senators broke rank and voted alongside Democrats to show defiance to Trumps emergency declaration, revealing a deep divide among GOP (Grand Old Party: a nickname for the Republican Party) lawmakers on the issue.
To override Trumps veto, both chambers of the Congress need two thirds of the votes.
It is unclear if Trumps opponents will garner enough votes.
The US House of Representatives voted 245-182 in late February to the national emergency declared by Trump on Feb 15. Bernama
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