Senate votes to block President Trump's national emergency declaration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The United States Senate voted 59-41 to pass a resolution introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that will block the national emergency declared by President Trump in order to circumvent Congress in obtaining funding to build a wall along the Mexican border.

President Donald Trump told CNN reporters that he is prepared to veto the resolution. "I don't know what the vote will be. It doesn't matter. I will probably have to veto," said Trump to reporters Thursday afternoon.

Senator Marsha Blackburn said in an official statement Thursday afternoon she planned to vote against the resolution and in favor of the national emergency declaration.

“Since Congress gave emergency powers to the executive branch in 1976 under the National Emergencies Act, presidents from both political parties have declared national emergencies in the United States over situations far less dire than the security and humanitarian crisis that is currently plaguing the southern border," said Blackburn. "The President and Congress must take swift action to secure our border, protect our citizens, and defend our sovereignty. I support President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and I reject the resolution of disapproval."

Blackburn followed through and voted against the resolution on Thursday.

However, Senator Lamar Alexander released a statement Thursday morning saying he will not vote in favor of Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

“I support the president on border security," said Alexander. "I have urged him to build the 234 miles of border wall he has asked for in the fastest possible way by using $5.7 billion already approved by Congress. But his declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, barracks and schools is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution that I swore an oath to support and defend.

“Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway. The problem with this is that after a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.

“This declaration is a dangerous precedent. Already, Democrat presidential candidates are saying they would declare emergencies to tear down the existing border wall, take away guns, stop oil exports, shut down offshore drilling and other leftwing enterprises—all without the approval of Congress."

Alexander did vote in favor of the bill along with 12 other Republicans.

As of Thursday, CNN reports there is not enough Republican support to override the incoming veto.