On March 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted 59-41 in support of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution to terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, which was declared by President Trump on Feb. 15, 2019. This vote follows similar action taken by the House on Feb. 26, 2019, in which the chamber passed the same resolution by a 245-182 vote.
These actions taken by the House and Senate are key institutional wins for American democracy. As stated in previous AIN Updates, this declaration of a national emergency was a clear, aggressive infringement on Article I authorities. Although additional steps are necessary to finalize the emergency’s termination, Congress’ actions bring Article I authorities one step closer to being reaffirmed.