House fails to override Trump veto on border wall

The plan to pay for Trump's border wall will face pushback in Congress

"But every Democrat will vote to [assert] the authority of the Congress of the United States to set spending priorities".

"The president's lawless emergency declaration clearly violates the Congress's exclusive power of the purse, and Congress will work through the appropriations and defense authorization processes to terminate this risky action and restore our constitutional system of balance of powers", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Hispanic Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro said in a joint statement.

But Republicans said Trump had acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, under which previous presidents had declared dozens of emergencies.

By invoking that power, Trump has said he will shift $3.6 billion from military construction to erecting barriers along that boundary.

Democrats argued the Republican president had overstepped his authority by going around Congress, because the legislature has the power to control spending under the U.S. Constitution.

In February, California and 15 other states filed lawsuits against the declaration, saying it is unconstitutional.

Just 14 Republicans sided with Democrats to try to overturn the veto Tuesday - about the same number as voted last month during the initial vote to end the wall declaration. Though the list was tentative, Democrats were asserting that GOP lawmakers were endangering local bases to pay for the wall.

Unhappiness over Trump's plan to siphon the money from the military has become a bipartisan concern.

The Pentagon had announced Monday that it was shifting $1 billion from military construction projects to build part of the wall.

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The president in February declared a national emergency for the country's southern border, a move that allowed him to secure a total of $8 billion in funds to build additional barriers between the USA and Mexico. That included passage by the Republican-led Senate, in which 12 GOP senators - almost 1 of every 4 - joined Democrats in blocking him.

Democrats had hoped to peel away more Republicans in the intervening weeks by pointing to a list of projects that could be delayed with the shift in money.

"We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the Department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defense committees and in violation of provisions in the defense appropriation itself", the senators, including Tammy Baldwin, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Durbin wrote. "The choice is simple, between partisanship and patriotism. We take an oath that we must honor".

It was exactly one month ago when the House passed the resolution, sponsored by Texas Rep.

"Even though the two issues clearly aren't related, it increases the president's strength and popularity and puts him in a stronger position", Republican Representative Tom Cole said before the vote. He called the veto "reckless" and a "vote against reality".

All 13 Republicans who voted with Democrats last month to oppose Trump's declaration did the same Tuesday. John Katko, who was absent for the initial vote.

Border arrests are up since falling to a 46-year-low during Trump's first year in office.

Tuesday's vote was the legislative finale of a showdown that's been building for months.

In a January televised address, Trump laid down a proposal for a border security compromise that would provide temporary protection from deportation to some 700,000 illegal immigrants in exchange for border wall funding. U.S. President Trump's Mexican border policy has raised worldwide controversy in recent days as Republicans attempt to pass an immigration reform bill.

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