Hoeven, Cramer vote against bill condeming Trump’s border emergency declaration

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Both North Dakota senators voted against the resolution disapproving of President Trump’s declaration of an emergency over illegal immigration.

The Senate approved the resolution on a 59-41 vote. A dozen Republican lawmakers voted in favor of the bill.

Senator John Hoeven said in a statement after voting against the resolution, “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.”

Senator Kevin Cramer said, “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.”

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