Arizona delegation splits on party lines as House blocks Trump’s border wall emergency

Construction continues on a new section of barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border on Jan. 8, 2019, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency because Congress did not approve of $5.7 billion in funding to build a border wall./Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images

 

The U.S. House voted to block President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration on Monday, delivering a stinging rebuke to the White House.

The chamber voted 245-182 for a resolution to end Trump’s emergency declaration. The president is attempting to use the declaration to circumvent Congress to secure billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border.

All four Arizona Republicans — Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert — voted against the resolution. The five Democrats in the state’s delegation — Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick, Tom O’Halleran and Greg Stanton — cast votes in favor of blocking the emergency declaration.

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