Two Republican members of Congress from Washington State joined with more than 230 Democrats today in an attempt to rescind President Trump's declaration of a "national emergency" along the US-Mexico border, which the president issued so that he could unilaterally grab money for his proposed border wall.
One of those Republicans, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, appeared to agree with Democrats who called Trump's move an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress's exclusive "power of the purse."
"Article I of the Constitution gives the legislative branch the exclusive power to make laws and set funding priorities," McMorris Rodgers said in a tweet. "When that power is delegated to the executive or judicial branches, Representatives become elected bystanders and 'We the People' no longer have a voice."
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler of southwest Washington also voted to terminate Trump's emergency declaration. That leaves Republican Dan Newhouse in Eastern Washington as the only member of Congress from Washington State who voted to support Trump's move—a move that was recently denounced as baseless by a bipartisan group of 58 former US national security officials.
Every single Democrat from Washington State voted to end Trump's so-called "emergency."
Now the matter goes to the Senate, where some Republicans are already saying they'll vote with Democrats to un-do Trump's declaration.