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An incomplete section of border fencing as seen from the Texas side during Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan's tour of the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With the exception of a handful of Republicans, most members of New York's House delegation supported a resolution Tuesday to terminate President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration. 

The House passed the resolution by a 245-182 vote. The measure seeks to block Trump's emergency order to build a wall along portions of the southern border. 

Twenty-two of New York's 27 House members supported the resolution. The supporters included U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, one of 13 Republicans who voted for the resolution. 

One reason Stefanik, R-Willsboro, supported the resolution is due to the emergency declaration's impact on military construction funding. Trump's order would divert more than $6 billion, including $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects. 

Stefanik's district includes Fort Drum, an Army base in northern New York. 

Taking funding from military construction projects, Stefanik said in a statement, is "the wrong decision."

"As a constitutional conservative, I consistently criticized President Obama's executive overreach," she continued. "No matter what party is represented in the White House, I will stand up against executive action that circumvents Congress. I will continue to negotiate in good faith to fully fund securing the border, and I urge my (Democratic) colleagues to commit to doing the same." 

Another New York Republican, U.S. Rep. John Katko, announced Tuesday that he supports the resolution. However, he wasn't in Washington for votes due to the death of his father. 

Most New York Republicans opposed the resolution. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, Peter King, Tom Reed and Lee Zeldin voted against the measure. 

Zeldin, a Long Island Republican, accused Democrats of playing politics instead of providing additional funding for barriers along the border. 

Democrats and Republicans agreed to $1.375 billion in funding for border fencing. But that amount was far lower than the $5.7 billion Trump wanted to build border barriers. 

"It is important our country does a better job combating illegal immigration, transnational gangs like MS-13, drug trafficking, human trafficking and arms trafficking," Zeldin said. "The executive branch does have some flexibility with regards to this particular emergency declaration, if the president stays within congressional notification requirements and existing authorities related to certain pots of money."

Now that the House passed the resolution, it will be considered by the Senate. Under the National Emergencies Act, the Senate has 18 days to vote on the measure. 

Three Republican senators — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Thom Tillis — support the resolution. If a fourth GOP senator supports the resolution and Democrats hold firm, there will be enough votes for the Senate to pass the measure. 

The White House announced that Trump will veto the resolution if it's passed by the Senate. 

HOW THEY VOTED

YEAS

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Rep. Antonio Delgado (D), Rep. Eliot Engel (D), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D), Rep. Brian Higgins (D), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D), Rep. Nita Lowey (D), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D), Rep. Grace Meng (D), Rep. Joe Morelle (D), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D), Rep. Max Rose (D), Rep. Jose Serrano (D), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D), Rep. Paul Tonko (D), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D)

NAYS

Rep. Chris Collins (R), Rep. Peter King (R), Rep. Tom Reed (R), Rep. Lee Zeldin

NOT VOTING

U.S. Rep. John Katko (missed vote due to father's death)

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