The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to secure the votes necessary to end President Trump’s national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border.
In a 248-141 vote, the House was unable to secure the votes to override the president’s veto of a measure that would have ended the national emergency declaration along the U.S. – Mexico border. 14 Republicans joined Democrats in the failed override attempt.
The resolution easily passed the Democratic party-held house last month and, soon after, the Senate passed the measure with the help of 12 Republicans.
The president immediately vetoed the Congressional attempt to claw back his legal authority to declare national emergencies.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said from the Oval Office during a veto signing event.
The National Emergency Act of 1976 allows Congress to vote on a resolution of disapproval every six months and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats intend to do just that.
On Monday, the Department of Defense authorized, through the national emergency declaration, $1 Billion for President Trump’s wall.
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