Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

House fails to override Trump veto on emergency declaration

House fails to override Trump veto on emergency declaration

The US House of Representatives has failed to override President Donald Trump's first veto, leaving in place the national emergency he declared last month to build a US-Mexico border wall that Congress has not funded.

Lawmakers voted 248-181 to overturn Trump's veto, but that fell 38 votes shy of the required two-thirds margin. "Democrats continue to ignore the reality that our porous southern border is a magnet for illegal immigration, child smugglers, human d, drug cartels, gangs and many other criminals".

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) applauded Trump for "clearly" laying out "the case for the declaration of a national emergency", according to the Washington Examiner, adding that "there is a crisis at the border".

Pelosi had called on lawmakers from both parties to pass the resolution to prevent the president from circumventing Congress's constitutional authority over spending. Only 14 Republicans voted with their Democratic counterparts to override the veto.

Several states, led by California, have joined together to file a lawsuit challenging the national emergency. Earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the President's emergency declaration allows for a resolution of disapproval to be brought up every six months, and that Democrats intend to bring it up again at that time. He's using it to shift $3.6 billion from military construction projects to building barriers.

"He's trying to fulfill a promise to the base", said Gordon.

Unhappiness over Trump's plan to siphon the money from the military has become a bipartisan concern. The committee's top Republican, Mac Thornberry of Texas, also said he opposes redirecting defense funds.

Trump plans to use the national emergency as justification to transfer $3.6 billion in military construction funds to projects expanding physical barriers along the southern US border. The Senate followed suit two weeks ago, with 12 Republicans voting with Democrats to end the emergency. Many Republicans have backed Trump's veto. "The choice is simple, between partisanship and patriotism. Between honouring our sacred oath or hypocritically, inconsistently breaking this oath".

"Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point", Pelosi said at an event in NY. And Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said Trump was acting to defeat the efforts of the "radical left in this House that would dissolve our borders entirely if given the chance" - a position that no Democrats have taken. He called the veto "reckless" and a "vote against reality". John Katko, who was absent for the initial vote. The money would be used for border barriers and enhanced security on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Tuesday's vote was the legislative finale of a showdown that's been building for months.

This year, Trump sought $5.7 billion in wall funding. Eventually a compromise was struck for $1.4 billion.

Subsequently, the US President issued his first veto rejecting as "dangerous" and "reckless" congressional resolution of his emergency declaration and asserted that Americans would be "put at risk" at the border with Mexico if the measure became a law.

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