WASHINGTON – The United States Senate on Thursday passed a proposal to rid President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration for the southern border, with 12 Republicans joining the Democrats in support of the measure.

It is the second rebuke of the White House this week after lawmakers voted in favour of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition involved in the war in Yemen.

The ballots were 59 for and 41 against the measure, marking a shift from the previously largely loyal Republicans in the Senate to stance that puts senators at odds with the president — which could force him trigger the veto power he has not yet utilized.

Trump signed an emergency declaration on Feb. 5 to skirt congressional approval to get some $5 billion for his signature campaign promise of building a completed physical wall on the border with Mexico.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was with Trump and pressured Republicans to defeat the proposal, which has previously been passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Image of Donald Trump from files.