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Senate votes against Trump border emergency

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., joined at left by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, attends a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, prior to the vote on President Donald Trump's national emergency at the border, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Changing his vote from the public stance he took last month, Tillis voted to support President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways.

The 59-41 tally Thursday, following the Senate’s vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, promised to force Trump into the first vetoes of his presidency. Trump had warned against both actions. Moments after Thursday’s vote, the president tweeted a single word of warning: “VETO!”

Two years into the Trump era, a defecting dozen Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, showed a willingness to take that political risk.

Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press