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House Democrats Fail To Override Trump’s Veto On Border Crisis

House Democrats Fail To Override Trump’s Veto On Border Crisis

House Democrats failed to overturn Trump's veto in a 248-181 vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority required to overturn a presidential veto.

Congress had approved a resolution annulling the national emergency that Trump declared at the U.S. -Mexico border in February.

Tuesday's vote seems certain to fail, which means his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border would stand.

Trump declared the national emergency on February 15, after Democrats in Congress blocked his request for $5.7 billion for wall construction.

The failure of the House to overturn Trump's veto comes a day after the Pentagon notified the US Congress that it authorised the transfer of Dollars 1 billion for building a barricade along the US-Mexico border. Congress has voted to provide less than $1.4 billion for border barriers, leaving Democrats and some Republicans fuming that Trump is abusing his powers by ignoring Congress' constitutional control over spending. Only 14 Republicans voted with their Democratic counterparts to override the veto.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that while the veto override might fail, the resolution established congressional opposition to Trump's emergency declaration and could factor into multiple lawsuits challenging it.

Democratic members expressed their frustration on Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri says there is a border crisis and says Trump acted "well within his legal authority".




USA authorities made 4,036 border arrests Monday, the highest mark ever, Sanders told reporters in San Antonio, Texas.

Fourteen Republicans, a mix of conservatives plus moderates from swing districts, joined all voting Democrats in favor of the override.

The vote came after Sunday's massive win for the president when Attorney General William Barr announced that Mueller hadn't found evidence that the president or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the 2016 election.

"Even though the two issues clearly aren't related, it increases the president's strength and popularity and puts him in a stronger position", Republican Representative Tom Cole said before the vote.

This year, Trump sought $5.7 billion in wall funding.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that the National Emergency Act allows for a resolution of disapproval to come up every six months, and Democrats intend to bring it up again then. Opponents warned that besides usurping Congress' role in making spending decisions, Trump was inviting future Democratic presidents to circumvent lawmakers by declaring emergencies to finance their own favored initiatives.

According to the Washington Examiner, former Bush speechwriter and columnist Marc Thiessen agreed and said, "The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping".

But that list remains speculative, and House Republicans remained rigidly linked to Mr. Trump.

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