House Passes Resolution To Block Trump's National Border Emergency
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Another hurdle has been placed in the way of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall plan. The House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to cancel President Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border that would allow his administration to build a wall there.
The House passed this resolution by a vote of 245-182, according to Reuters, with all but 13 of the in-favor votes belonging to Democratic representatives. Next, a vote on the resolution will go to the Republican-controlled Senate. Though, regardless of the Senate’s vote, both chambers of Congress would need to rally a two-thirds majority ruling to override what seems to be an inevitable veto of the resolution by President Trump.
Representatives that supported the resolution, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, argue that President Trump’s unilateral declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border circumvents the powers given to Congress by the U.S. Constitution to allocate government funding. They believe this would set a dangerous precedent for future lawmakers.
President Trump, on the other hand, has pointed out that he believes he has the power to declare this emergency as a way to direct existing money for building a border wall because Congress has refused to fully fund the project thus far.
“The current situation at the southern border presents a humanitarian and security crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency,” a White House-issued statement said.
Again, the resolution will make its next stop for a vote at the Senate, but garnering support for the two-thirds majority required for Congress to override President Trump’s likely veto of the resolution is doubtful at this point in time.
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