Sunday, November 17, 2019

Trump vetoes resolution that would have overturned his national emergency declaration for border wall

Last night, President Trump vetoed a joint resolution that would overturn his emergency declaration at the southern border to aid construction of a wall, the second time he has been forced to do so.

“In short, the situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our Armed Forces are still needed to help confront it,” Trump said in his veto message to the Senate, which the White House issued in the middle of the Democratic primary debate. Trump said in his message to the Senate that the national emergency has allowed the administration to “counter large-scale unlawful migration” and facilitated the construction of his long-promised border wall.

He further argued that the southern border remains a “major entry point” for criminals and illegal drugs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office said the Senate would vote on Trump’s veto this week, but neither the Senate nor the House is expected to have the votes to overrule Trump’s veto.

The Senate and later the House voted last month to block Trump’s national emergency declaration. The measure was aimed at preventing the diversion of $3.6 billion for military construction projects toward the construction of Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.

The vote marked the second time this year that Congress has approved legislation challenging Trump’s authority to invoke emergency powers to build his wall. Trump has in recent weeks simultaneously insisted that the national emergency is necessary to address the situation at the border while touting progress on barriers and a steady drop in apprehensions of illegal crossings.

THE HILL