Trump’s border emergency declaration survives House effort to override veto

Trump’s border emergency declaration survives House effort to override veto
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[Ed. – 14 Republicans voted with the Democrats in the veto-override attempt (the 13 listed here, along with John Katko of NY).  But the tally was 38 votes short of the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.]

The Democratic-led House failed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, salvaging his effort to steer billions of extra dollars to erecting border barriers and delivering a victory to the White House in a constitutional and political clash that’s raged for months.

Lawmakers voted 248-181 to overturn Trump’s veto, but that fell 38 votes shy of the required two-thirds margin.


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Trump has said he will shift $3.6 billion from military construction to erecting barriers along that boundary. …

Despite his veto remaining intact, Trump may not be able to spend the money for barriers quickly because of lawsuits by Democratic state attorneys general and others that could take years to resolve.

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