House Fails to Override Trump’s Veto, Ensuring National Emergency Continues

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

John Katko voted with House Democrats on Tuesday in a bid to override President Donald Trump's veto of legislation that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The 248 lawmakers voting to override fell 38 short of a required two-thirds majority.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday before the vote that he hoped Republicans would pretend Barack Obama was still president, and consider how they'd vote in that context.

"We take an oath to the Constitution, not to the president of the United States", she said.

Many in Congress say effective border security requires a range of law enforcement tools, and Democrats dispute Trump's claim there is a crisis at the border.

It further added, "Meanwhile, Trump thanked his fellow Republicans for backing his veto and hailed the "big win", while also lambasting on the Democrats for not supporting his emergency declaration".

An effort by House Democrats to override President Donald Trump's first veto has failed.

Underscoring that, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi placed her name atop a House Democratic fundraising email referencing the failed veto override, writing, "I know grassroots Democrats won't let Trump's enablers get away with this".

Democratic members expressed their frustration on Tuesday. A coalition of 16 states, led by California, sued the Trump administration last month in an effort to block the declaration. The Senate vote was considered a more significant rebuke of the president, because almost a quarter of the Republican Conference supported the termination resolution. A CNN poll conducted March 14-17 found that 50 per cent of those questioned agreed with Congress's resolution disapproving the emergency declaration, while 55 per cent said Trump shouldn't have vetoed the resolution.

Trump's position was possibly strengthened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion after a 22-month investigation that the Republican president's campaign team did not collude with Russian interference in the 2016 election.

This year, Trump sought $5.7 billion in wall funding. 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. To keep the issue alive into the 2020 campaign season, House Democrats may force fresh votes on the emergency declaration in six months, as the law allows.

On February 12, the House had passed a resolution overturning Mr. Trump's emergency. This is one more than the number of Republican representatives who voted to block Trump's national emergency originally, but dozens less than what was needed for the override to pass to the Senate.

Minutes after the vote, Trump tweeted in capitals, "VETO!", an indication that he would reject the resolution.

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