House Dems Fail to Block Trump’s Veto on Anti-Border Wall Measure
Congressional Democrats and some Republicans opposed Trump's emergency declaration
The Democratic House of Representatives failed to pass a resolution to block president Donald Trump’s first veto, letting his national emergency declaration at the Mexican border stand, according to reports.
The House voted 248-181 in favor of revoking the president’s veto and blocking his emergency declaration, falling short of 38 votes of the two-thirds majority required to pass within the lower chamber of Congress.
The measure passed mostly on the party line with just 14 Republicans voting in favor of the veto override.
Congressional Democrats and some Republicans fiercely opposed Trump's emergency declaration as lawmakers complained that he was abusing presidential powers.
But last week, the Pentagon's said it had discovered potential funding sources "more than the amount needed."
So far, it is not yet known which projects the Defense Department will take from.
Various states which received large amounts of money that weren't spent could have to give it back.
California was found to have more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction budget that could be used for the wall. Even Hawaii has more than $400 million not being used.
Other states with unused allocated funds include Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
President Trump issues his first veto - "It is definitely a national emergency ... Therefore to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution and that's what it was." Full video - https://t.co/uM8RT84i6t pic.twitter.com/O06Jkqd1QW— CSPAN (@cspan) March 15, 2019
The House and Senate resoundingly rejected @realDonaldTrump’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress & the will of the American people. #FakeEmergency— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
Congress voted to provide less than $1.4 billion for barriers a few weeks ago.
According to some opponents, Trump 'declaring a national emergency' was inviting future Democratic presidents to circumvent lawmakers
But Trump supporters insisted he was only acting under a 1976 law that allows presidents to declare national emergencies.
Taking to Twitter, Pelosi unloaded on Presdient Trump, calling the emergency at the border a "#FakeEmergency."