Yesterday, House democrats failed in their objective to control the president.
In the battle over border security, President Trump declared a national emergency.
The House and Senate passed resolutions to terminate that order, but President Trump vetoed it.
As the bill went back to congress, House democrats tried to override that veto power, but failed.
The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday in favor of overriding, and since 14 Republicans voted in favor of the veto override, the attempt only failed by 38 votes.
Now, the president is able to actually get to work on the border wall.
Fox News reported:
Trump had declared the border emergency under a law that lets him shift budget funds to address dire situations.
His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such barriers to less than $1.4 billion, and Democrats accused Trump of ignoring lawmakers’ constitutional control over spending.
The failure to pass the veto override earned praise from the president, who in a tweet called it a “BIG WIN today on the border.”
Trump’s emergency declaration drew unanimous opposition from congressional Democrats and opposition from some Republicans, especially in the Senate, where critics objected that he was abusing presidential powers.
“Both chambers of Congress – a Democratic House and a Republican Senate – resoundingly rejected the President’s sham emergency declaration by passing H.J.Res.46,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said shortly after the vote in a joint statement.
“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 dangerous action and restore our constitutional system of balance of powers.”
Republicans argue that Trump has merely acted under a 1976 law that lets presidents declare national emergencies. Trump’s declaration was the 60th presidential emergency under that statute, but the first aimed at spending that Congress explicitly denied, according to New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, which tracks the law.
Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., called the veto override attempt “a partisan whack job” because it was certain to fail.
Democrats are hoping to tangle up the matter in courts, and find favorable judges who rule based on emotion and political opinion, rather than the law.
The Pentagon sent lawmakers a list last week of hundreds of military construction projects that could provide over $12 billion for wall construction.