Friday, 22 March, 2019

Trump vetoes measure that threatened his border wall plans

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The resolution passed the GOP-controlled Senate by a vote of 59-41 - with 12 Republicans defying the president - after it was approved by the Democrat-controlled House.

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", tweeted Trump on Thursday after the vote.

He had promised a veto of the resolution ending his emergency declaration as soon as the measure was circulated on Capitol Hill.

Barr also made remarks and said President Trump's emergency declaration on the issue is "firmly grounded" in the law.

Trump's veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Representatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess.

Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans to agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead framed the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security. "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!"

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.

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Trump declared a national emergency last month, after Congress authorized only $1.3 billion in border wall funding, far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for.

The declaration of an emergency allowed the administration to access over $6bn in additional funds not appropriated by Congress to build the wall.

While the original passage marked a stinging rebuke from members of Trump's own party, his veto is likely the last word as lawmakers are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority required to override.

"We had a war against a king in the American revolution", said Sen.

Trump insists he's on solid legal ground, however.

Law enforcement officials and angel families were present as the president signed the veto.

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