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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was one of 12 GOP senators who backed a resolution passed by the Democratic-controlled House to block President Donald Trump from using emergency powers to fund his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Senate voted 59-41 on Thursday to reject the president’s emergency declaration.

Toomey says he supports Trump’s efforts to get congressional approval of more money for the border wall and border security, but said Thursday that the emergency declaration undermines the constitutional responsibility of Congress to approve how money is spent.

Toomey also says Trump’s emergency declaration sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents. Pennsylvania’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Casey, supported the resolution, as did every Democrat.

Twelve Republicans broke with Trump, enough to ensure the measure passed. But Trump has promised to veto the measure and is sure to be sustained by his House GOP allies.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (3)
  1. Ruth Hoffeditz says:

    Very disappointed in your vote to oppose our President. We need the wall.

  2. Martha Lang says:

    If you lived on the border in Arizona or Texas you would want the border wall. Also if one of your love ones was attack by a illegal person you would want a wall. You are suppose to support your republican President. No vote for you for
    a next term. Shame on you.

  3. Raymond Dodds says:

    Traitor another arlen you will not get my vote again. Do you really think that kissing demonRat ass will keep you in office. What a disappointment you are. BUILD THE WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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