The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would cut off funding to the State Department, the White House and agencies with foreign policy missions if they refuse to cooperate with Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban.
The bill passed by a vote of 71-21.
The legislation comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month that banned travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.
The administration has said it will review the order and decide on an alternative if it is found to be unconstitutional.
But Trump has said he is not considering canceling the order.
Democrats have pushed for the administration to immediately halt the suspension of U.S. aid to countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, that have been accused of violating human rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council, where the U,S.
and other countries have been members.
The State Department and White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“This is the first step in our efforts to ensure that our nation is fully informed and that our foreign policy is conducted in accordance with international law,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“The administration has been working with Congress and other members of the executive branch to ensure the State and USAID departments continue to operate in accordance to international standards.
This is not the first time the Trump Administration has taken action to restrict or curtail our diplomats, our aid workers, our contractors and our support personnel.
We will continue to work to ensure our foreign relations are based on international law.”
The White House has said the State, USAID and the Department of Homeland Security would be able to continue to perform their jobs, despite the ban.
However, Congress is considering legislation to halt the order indefinitely.
The Senate voted 80-21 in favor of the bill, which passed with bipartisan support.
The House approved the legislation by a narrower margin of 65-31.
Democrats opposed the legislation, with only four Republicans voting against the bill.
Republicans have vowed to kill the bill if it moves forward.
The U.K. voted against the measure on Tuesday, while Italy and the United Kingdom are opposed.
On Wednesday, Trump signed the order on Twitter, saying, “It’s time to stop the bad hombres in the Middle East.
I’m ordering a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
He said the ban will be “temporarily suspended until further notice.”
The executive order was issued on Feb. 2, the day after Trump took office.
The White U. S. Chamber of Commerce, a group of the nation’s largest businesses, said the order “is a discriminatory, exclusionary and counterproductive move” that hurts businesses that rely on foreign workers to keep their doors open.
“It will cost our companies millions of jobs and threaten our national security,” the chamber said in an email to The Associated Press.
“We are urging Congress to reject this discriminatory and anti-worker measure immediately.”
A separate lawsuit brought by a group called the National Immigration Law Center, which has been fighting for more protections for immigrants from the ban, said in court filings Tuesday that the ban “is not a good first step to stop terrorism” and is “dangerously broad” and “unnecessary.”