Congress Fails to Override Trump’s Veto

The House on Tuesday failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a resolution that would have terminated his declaration of a national emergency at the southern U.S. border, leaving the matter to federal courts where several lawsuits challenging the decision have been filed.

A veto override requires two-thirds support, and the House vote fell short, 248-181. Only 14 Republicans voted with their Democratic counterparts to override the veto.

Trump plans to use the national emergency as justification to transfer $3.6 billion in military construction funds to projects expanding physical barriers along the southern U.S. border. Most Republicans, despite concerns about the separate powers of the legislative and executive branches, supported the president’s emergency declaration.

It was exactly one month ago when the House passed the resolution, sponsored by Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, to terminate the national emergency. That vote was 245-182, with 13 Republicans joining Democrats in support of termination.

Read more at Roll Call.