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House fails to override Trump’s veto over emergency declaration

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/26/19, 03:43 pm

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.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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Comments

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 04:02 pm

    Surprise.  Why would Republicans be worried about executive overreach? It's not like we've ever been committed to limited government or anything.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 05:21 pm

    This is not a “limited government” issue. Article 4, Section 4 of the US Constitution says the US Government shall protect the States against invasion.  

    What a large part of Congress is doing, and have done for a long time, is refuse to recognize that the situation on our border with Mexico IS an invasion, and protect us from it.  

    A lot of the left is now even arguing that the illegals should have the right to vote

    Are you also that extreme, Mr. Kloosterman?

  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 05:11 pm

    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.

  •  Xion's picture
    Xion
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 04:34 am

    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.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 08:37 pm

    Exactly!

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