House vote to stop Trump's border wall plan likely to fail

27 March, 2019, 04:14 | Author: Bruce West
  • Pentagon reallocates $1bn to help fund Trump's border wall

The House of Representatives failed to garner enough votes to override President Donald Trump's veto of the resolution crafted to terminate his national emergency declaration to divert military funds and build a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

A veto override would have required a two-thirds majority of both the House and Senate to reverse Trump's decision.

The declaration still faces legal challenges.

Trump commented on the case during a visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans after he was vindicated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that there was no collusion between the Russians and his political campaign in the 2016 election.

Katko warned that Trump would set a risky precedent by diverting $6.7 billion from the military and other programs to finance the border wall.

Congress sent Trump a bipartisan disapproval resolution earlier this month that sought to nullify his national emergency declaration, but Trump used the first veto of his presidency to strike it down. 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. Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting to override Trump's veto. A coalition of 16 states, led by California, sued the Trump administration last month in an effort to block the declaration.

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Trump's declaration was the 60th presidential emergency under that statute, but the first aimed at spending that Congress explicitly denied, according to New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, which tracks the law. That vote came after the House passed the same resolution in February , where 13 Republicans crossed the aisle.

The US department of defense has announced, at the same meantime, it has transferred $1 billion for constructing 57 miles of the president's wall drawing instant criticism from Democrats.

The emergency declaration would let Trump shift an additional $3.6bn from military construction projects to erecting barriers along the border with Mexico.

With the House override failing, the Senate won't attempt its own override and the veto will stand.

Despite his veto remaining intact, Trump may not be able to spend the money for barriers quickly because of lawsuits by Democratic state attorneys general and others that could take years to resolve. "Today's vote simply reaffirms Congressional Democrats are the party of Open Borders, Drugs and Crime!" "We will continue to review all options to protect our Constitution and our Democracy from the President's assault".

"In cataloging the president's actions, many of which took place in public view", Barr wrote, "the (Mueller) report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent".

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