Pelosi announces vote to override Trump’s veto

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

Donald Trump has issued his first legislative veto since taking office, overruling Congress to protect his declaration of a national emergency to secure funds for a wall on the USA border with Mexico.

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

She also says the president "is incredibly disappointed" with Republicans who voted against him.

He hit his usual (exaggerated) talking points on the drugs and criminals pouring over the border and said that Democrats and Republicans could come to an accord on "catch and release" laws in "15 minutes" if the political will was there.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed the resolution to overturn the emergency last month, and 12 Republicans sided with Democratic Senators to clear the Senate in a 59-41 vote on Thursday afternoon. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!"

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He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".

Mr Trump said that, since 1976, a total of 56 national emergencies have been declared but Congress has not vetoed any of them. "Presidents have exercised broad discretion in determining what challenges and situations amount to national emergencies". A dozen Republicans defected and joined every Democrat in voting yes.

"The situation at the border has deteriorated, moreover, because the population of migrants crossing the border has shifted from one that consisted primarily of single adults from Mexico, who often could be promptly repatriated, to one that includes large numbers of families and children from Central American countries - people who cannot now be detained in any significant numbers and who are generally more hard to remove", the letter states. "The President's emergency Proclamation reasonably described the current situation as an ongoing "border security and humanitarian crisis". Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

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

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