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House fails to override Trump’s veto over emergency declaration


President Donald Trump after signing the first veto of his presidency on March 15 Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

House fails to override Trump’s veto over emergency declaration

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives failed in its attempt to override President Donald Trump’s first veto Tuesday, leaving his national emergency declaration for funding a wall along the U.S. southern border intact. The 248-181 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto, with 14 Republicans joining all House Democrats in support of the measure.

The declaration, issued last month, allows the president to access about $3.5 billion to add to funds already appropriated by Congress and pulled from other sources for border security. The decision sparked censure from Democrats and debate among Republicans over whether Trump’s unilateral action violated the Constitution. The resolution blocking the national emergency passed in the House by a 245-182 vote in February and cleared the Senate by a 59-41 vote on March 14. A day later, Trump vetoed the resolution.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that congressional Democrats will vote on a resolution of disapproval again every six months, a move allowed under the National Emergency Act. Conflict over the wall funding is expected to continue, as there are multiple lawsuits against the Trump administration currently pending.

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday that the Pentagon will direct $1 billion away from military construction projects to build the border wall.


Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C.

@HarvestPrude

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NEWS2ME

Exactly!

Xion

It is funny that the spoiled children in Congress who whine and scream and kick their feet about obstruction, do nothing but obstruction.  Never have there been such temper tantrums over everything the president tries to do to uphold his oath of office.

JerryM

Agreed.  From border funding to gender identity the actions of so much of the left continue to defy reason.  This appears to be a season of the man of lawlessness.