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Congress Overturns Trump's National Emergency Declaration To Build The Wall


Added 03-14-19 03:06:02pm EST - “The resolution sets up the likely first veto confrontation between Congress and the White House since President Trump took office.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Congress Overturns Trump's National Emergency Declaration To Build The Wall”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office on March 14, 2019. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

The Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration at the U.S. Mexico border, putting Congress on a path to its first veto confrontation with the Trump administration.

Twelve Republicans voted with all Senate Democrats to approve the resolution. The Democratic-controlled House approved it last month, 245 to 182, with just 13 House Republicans breaking with the White House.

North Carolina GOP Senator Thom Tillis penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post on Feb 25 saying he would vote for the resolution blocking the president's actions to go around Congress to build a border wall, but reversed himself and opposed it on Thursday.

At stake is nearly $6 billion in federal funds that President Trump redirected in a Feb. 15 emergency declaration. The White House is seeking to take that money from accounts at the Treasury and Defense Departments to build physical barriers along the U.S. Mexico border. The president made the order after Congress agreed on a bipartisan basis to provide $1.375 billion in wall funds for this fiscal year, but Trump said it wasn't enough.

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