US House to vote to override Donald Trump veto

US House to vote to override Donald Trump veto

US House to vote to override Donald Trump veto

In our Tuesday news wrap, the House failed to override President Trump's veto of a bill to block his national emergency declaration. That fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Katko, R-Camillus, was among 14 Republicans who joined all 234 voting Democrats on Tuesday in the effort to thwart Trump's emergency declaration. The vote kills Democrats' legislative effort to rein in Trump's plan to fund a wall on the border with Mexico, and it demonstrates the president's enduring influence over GOP lawmakers.

On Sunday, hours after the release of Attorney General William Barr's summary of the special counsel report, the Republican National Committee tweeted that through last September, the investigation's cost surpassed $25 million ― which PolitiFact confirmed, citing Justice Department expenditure reports.

But Republicans insisted Trump had acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, under which previous presidents had declared dozens of emergencies.

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.

The chamber voted 248-181 in favour of overriding Trump's veto.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday that the Department of Defense had shifted $1bn from other military construction projects to build part of the barrier along the southern border. But Republican House leaders, who have been in lockstep with the White House since it issued the declaration in February, managed to limit the number of defectors among their ranks.

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. After a 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year over the president's demand for US$5.7 billion in border wall funding, Congress agreed to provide only US$1.4 billion for physical barriers.

It is rare for Congress to successfully override a presidential veto, something that happened only once during the Obama administration, and Tuesday's outcome was expected.

"This emergency declaration is nothing more than an end run around a majority - a bipartisan majority - of both the House and the Senate in complete disregard of our constitutional system of separation of powers", said Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat.

Trump wants to use his emergency order to redirect about $3.6 billion budgeted for military construction projects. "We will continue to review all options to protect our Constitution and our Democracy from the President's assault".

The president's declaration also lacks support among the public.

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