President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border survived a critical vote in the House on Tuesday (March 26), as Democrats failed to muster the necessary two-thirds majority to override his veto.
House Democrats had hoped the strong showing of GOP support in the Senate might prompt more Republicans to support the veto override than had initially voted for the resolution.
It further added, "Meanwhile, Trump thanked his fellow Republicans for backing his veto and hailed the "big win", while also lambasting on the Democrats for not supporting his emergency declaration".
Due to the failure of the override in the House, the Senate will not attempt its own override, therefore, allowing the veto to be lawfully established.
A coalition of Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit in February to try to block the president's national emergency, so the fight over the issue will continue in federal courts. "We are establishing the intent of Congress. ..."
A number of Republicans in both chambers had defected in the initial votes on the disapproval resolution, looking to counter Trump's move out of a belief that it undermined their constitutional authority.
"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.
"The $1bn reprogramming that the department is implementing without congressional approval constitutes a dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces".
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan notified Congress Monday night that it was shifting $1 billion from military readiness money over to the drug interdiction account, where it could be used for wall-building.
Just 14 Republicans joined all voting Democrats in Tuesday's futile effort to void Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Southwest border.
Trump moved to build his long-promised border wall through an executive order last month after he failed to get $5.7 billion he was seeking from Congress for construction, having shut down Congress for the longest stretch in history over his demand. He plans on moving an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers. Trump's insistence on wall money prompted this winter's record 35-day partial government shutdown, which ended when he surrendered in January without getting any funds.
Congress, to which the Constitution assigned control over spending, voted weeks ago to provide less than $1.4 billion for barriers.
On February 12, the House had passed a resolution overturning Mr. Trump's emergency. On Tuesday, Trump opponents will need to reach 288 votes to prevail.
The House seems sure to fall short of the two-thirds margin needed to override vetoes.