Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

House Fails to Override Trump's Veto, Allowing National Emergency Declaration to Stand

House Fails to Override Trump's Veto, Allowing National Emergency Declaration to Stand

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

The president's emergency declaration has been seen as an attempt by the executive branch to go around congress to find money for the wall denied to it by congress, which holds the government's pursestrings.

After Congress signed an appropriations bill earlier this year that only approved $1.4 billion for border security, Trump declared a national emergency to appropriate additional funds to construct his wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Yet the vote also gave Democrats a way to refocus on policy differences with Trump, days after Attorney General William Barr gave the president a political boost by saying special counsel Robert Mueller had concluded that Trump had not colluded with Russian Federation to influence his election.

Representative Sam Graves, a Missouri Republican, said in backing Trump, "He has very clearly laid out the case for a declaration for a national emergency".

The chamber voted 248-181 in favour of overriding Trump's veto.

Just 14 Republicans joined all voting Democrats in Tuesday's futile effort to void Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Southwest border. And earlier this month, 12 Republicans in the Senate voted with Democrats on the resolution, sending it to the president's desk where he issued his first veto.

However, the National Emergencies Act does allow Democrats to bring up another disapproval resolution six months from now, something House Democrats are actively considering.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday branded the mainstream media the "enemy" and the "opposition party" after the Mueller report cleared him of collusion, accusing journalists of covering the Russian Federation probe unfairly.

This month, the GOP-led Senate rebuked Trump with a 59-41 vote blocking his declaration after the failure of a Republican effort to reach a compromise with the White House.

The administration plans to use the emergency declaration to redirect US$3.5 billion in funding from military construction projects and tap other funding sources that don't require an emergency declaration.

Democrats cast the vote as a test of patriotism, saying Congress needed to stand up to a tyrannical president overstepping his emergency powers.

"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". "Today's vote simply reaffirms Congressional Democrats are the party of Open Borders, Drugs and Crime!"

The House Democrats argued the Republican president had overstepped his authority by going around Congress's refusal to fund a border wall, because the legislature has the power to control spending under the Constitution.

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