The White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump vetoed a measure sent to his desk by Congress that sought to undo his emergency declaration on moving federal funds to pay for extending a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our armed forces are still needed to help confront it,” Trump said in a veto signing statement, according to Reuters.
A bipartisan contingent of lawmakers in both houses of Congress disagreed with Trump’s assertion, or at the very least, believed that diverting federal funds from other projects was the wrong way to fund the wall the president promised to build. In the House, the vote was 236 to 174 in favor of ending the declaration, while in the Senate, the vote was 54-41.
Both houses secured majorities with Democrats and Republicans voting in favor of the resolution, but a veto-proof supermajority was not achieved.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, while delivering a floor statement last month on the matter, decried the decision by Trump to implement his national emergency declaration powers in order to build the wall.
“The President’s decision to cancel $3.6 billion for military construction to pay for his wasteful wall makes America less safe,” Pelosi said. “The Administration is stealing funds from 127 initiatives in 21 countries, 23 states, and three territories – stooping so low as to steal from a middle school in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.”
Other challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration remain, including in the courts. Last week, a federal judge sided with litigants in a case that argued the removal of funds for other projects to build the wall bypassed the authority of Congress, NBC News reported.
That ruling will likely be appealed by the Trump administration.
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