Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Trump wins wall battle as House fails to override veto

Trump wins wall battle as House fails to override veto

The US House of Representatives will vote Tuesday to try and override President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution passed earlier by congress overturning his declaration of emergency to fund his promised wall along the border with Mexico.

Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, mostly along party lines, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.

While Trump's declaration has now been upheld in Congress, it still faces legal challenges with more than a half-dozen lawsuits countering his move to circumvent Congress to construct the border wall.

Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller's findings on Sunday, saying that the special counsel found no evidence Trump or his team colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Katko warned that Trump would set a risky precedent by diverting $6.7 billion from the military and other programs to finance the border wall.

Mr. Trump was flexing powers under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, which gives a president the ability to order immediate military construction in event of a crisis.

Democrats argued the Republican president had overstepped his authority by going around Congress, because the legislature has the power to control spending under the U.S. Constitution. Because the veto override vote failed in the House, it will not go to the Senate - sparing senators from having to take another vote on an issue that deeply divided Republicans in the chamber.

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Conway--husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway--writes that "it was always virtually unimaginable that collusion, so defined, would ever be found" and the ultimate finding on that issue "was bound to become a straw man for President Trump and his supporters to knock down with glee". Just 14 Republicans joined 234 Democrats in voting to override, one more Republican than had bucked Trump in a previous House vote on the border wall emergency.

But the emergency declaration is not exactly settled, as it still faces a host of lawsuits , including one from a coalition of almost two-dozen states led by California.

Lawmakers of both parties said the emergency declaration - which allows Trump to redirect money Congress appropriated for other purposes and use it for border construction instead - represented a dramatic intrusion into Congress' authority over government spending.

Democrats were hoping to use the border emergency battle in upcoming campaigns, both to symbolise Trump's harsh immigration stance and claim he was hurting congressional districts around the country.

Congress initially voted to provide less than $1.4bn for barrier construction, which fell short of the funding Trump had asked for.

Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio of OR says money shouldn't be spent on Trump's "stupid, static wall".

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.

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