Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of 11 Republicans who voted Wednesday to stop President Donald Trump from redirecting military funds to build a border wall.
Sen. Dan Sullivan voted with the majority of Republicans against the resolution.
Alaska has four projects worth $102 million that would be delayed in favor of the wall. The projects include an upgrade to a weapons range and power plant repairs at Eielson Air Force Base, as well as an expansion of a missile field at Fort Greely.
Sullivan is normally a big proponent of increasing military assets in Alaska, but he said earlier this month that shifting the money to the southern border is in the national interest.
Murkowski, in a statement, said she shares the president’s “very legitimate concerns over border security” but voted to uphold the separation of powers.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate funds, and Murkowski points out that Congress decided to spend the money on military construction priorities.
The resolution passed the Senate 54-41. The House of Representatives followed suit, passing the bill on Friday by a 236-174 vote. Alaska’s at-large Rep. Don Young voted against the measure.
Trump is expected to veto, as he did when Congress sent him a similar measure in March.
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