President Trump's First Veto Came After a Historic Rebuke From Congress

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 15, 2019

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress.

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspires Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted shortly after the Senate passed the resolution condemning Trump's unilateral action.

Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump's signature issue.

"I'm very proud to veto it", he added.

It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto, though House Democrats have suggested they would try nonetheless.

Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border.

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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. The Mexican government has yet to agree to fund the project, and the no part of the wall has been built - only repairs and refurbishments to existing barriers have happened in some areas.

Lee, meanwhile, had introduced a bill that would end future emergency declarations after 30 days, in an effort to allow Republicans to vote against the resolution.

Democrats - and a handful of Republicans - were quick to label the move presidential overreach.

"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said. "This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom".

The statement continued: "The problem with this is that after a revolutionary war against a king, our nation's founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power".

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