House Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on National Emergency to Build Border Wall

The House of Representatives failed to override President Trump’s veto after both chambers of Congress voted to overturn his national emergency declaration to build part of his proposed border wall.

The House voted 248-181 to override the veto, with 14 Republicans joining Democrats, but it was not enough. The House and Senate both would need a two-thirds vote to override a presidential veto.

Earlier this month, the House and Senate voted to overturn Trump’s declaration, which would allow him to redirect funds for the Treasury and Defense departments toward his proposed border wall after Congress refused to provide the billions he had demanded. Twelve Republican Senators joined Democrats in voting to overturn the declaration.

"Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the vote, according to CNN. "We are establishing the intent of Congress."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that the National Emergency Act allows the Senate to bring up a resolution of approval again in six months, which the Democrats plan to do.

White House declares victory:

"Today, Congressional Democrats attempted to block the President's National Emergency Declaration -- they failed," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

"Democrats continue to ignore the reality that our porous southern border is a magnet for illegal immigration, child smugglers, human traffickers, drug cartels, gangs and many other criminals. This national security and humanitarian crisis endangers every American and cannot be described as anything other than a National Emergency,” he added.

Trump emergency to raid Puerto Rico funds:

“The Pentagon’s plan to steer $3.6 billion from the military construction budget toward President Donald Trump’s border wall could delay up to 146 projects at home and abroad, including major maintenance efforts in Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia. But no region stands to lose more than Puerto Rico,” Mother Jones reported. “The island commonwealth, still recovering from the damage from Hurricane Maria and its financial crisis in 2017, has more than $400 million in funding that could be diverted toward wall construction, by far the most of any single US state or territory.”

Trump raged to Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he believes Puerto Rico has gotten too much in hurricane relief funds, CNN reports.

The Washington Post reported that Trump demanded that he “did not want a single dollar going to Puerto Rico, because he thought the island was misusing the money and taking advantage of the government.”

 

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