President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border survived a critical vote in the House on Tuesday (March 26), as Democrats failed to muster the necessary two-thirds majority to override his veto.
Fourteen Republicans broke ranks to vote with Democrats in attempting to overturn Trump's veto, but they represented a small minority as most GOP lawmakers stood with the president, arguing he was addressing an emergency Democrats had ignored.
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. Meanwhile, members of both parties denounced Pentagon plans to allocate military funds to pay for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.
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Trump's declaration had enabled the transfer of $3.6 billion from the military construction budget toward wall construction.
But Republicans said Trump had acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, under which previous presidents had declared dozens of emergencies.
Democrats, noting that Congress controls the power of the purse, have promised to take the challenge of Trump's order to court.
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The vote was 248-181, with 14 Republicans voting with Democrats to support the override.
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The House of Representatives failed to garner enough votes to override President Trump's veto of the resolution crafted to terminate his national emergency declaration. A coalition of 16 states sued in February to block Trump's move.
The Pentagon had announced Monday that it was shifting $1 billion from military construction projects to build part of the wall. The bipartisan funding bill for this fiscal year passed by Congress authorized $1.375 billion - far short of the $5.7 billion the president wanted.
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. "We will continue to review all options to protect our Constitution and our Democracy from the President's assault". "The president's declaration is only necessary because Congress can't reach a deal to secure our country".
House Democratic leaders were under no illusion that the veto override would pass. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that the point of the vote is to make it clear the new Democratic-controlled House won't tolerate the President's persistence for a border wall.