House fails to overturn Trump's veto on emergency declaration repeal

House fails to overturn Trump's veto on emergency declaration repeal

Kerry Wise
March 29, 2019

The Democratic-led House on Tuesday fell short of overriding President Donald Trump's veto of a disapproval resolution that would block his national emergency declaration at the southern border.

Democrats who control the House did not attract enough Republican support to reach the two-thirds majority vote needed to overturn Trump's veto.

With the legislative effort to stop Trump's national emergency now officially dead, the declaration's fate will be decided in court.

His drive for billions of dollars to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall - one that he initially promised Mexico would pay for - has placed a wedge between him and Congress, including some Republicans who are uncomfortable talking about a wall.

Pelosi said that Tuesday's vote could help Democrats' case in the long-term. The city of El Paso, one of the towns located along the border where Trump wants to build additional barriers, has filed its own suit, as have a handful of outside groups. "It's a democracy", House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said, adding, "we have the power of the purse and that prerogative has been invaded by Donald Trump".

U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming has consistently championed the President's vision of border security and says this was just another attempt by the Democrats to oppose President Trump. The Republican-controlled Senate also voted to do so on March 14.

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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".

Trump had declared a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border. That included passage by the Republican-led Senate, in which 12 GOP senators - almost 1 of every 4 - joined Democrats in blocking him. According to CNN, the Democratic leader said last week that "whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point..."

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.

Pelosi had called on lawmakers from both parties to pass the resolution to prevent the president from circumventing Congress's constitutional authority over spending. Trump's insistence on wall money prompted this winter's record 35-day partial government shutdown, which ended when he surrendered in January without getting any funds.

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

But the House faced a high hurdle, needing a two-thirds majority - rather than a simple majority - to override the veto.