US House of Representatives to vote on overriding Trump veto

US House of Representatives to vote on overriding Trump veto

The House of Representatives will vote today to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution that rejected his declaration of

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The House of Representatives will vote today to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution that rejected his declaration of emergency at the southern border with Mexico.

The use of the 1976 National Emergencies act would allow Trump to use funds to construct a border wall, a venture that Congress had explicitly rejected. Doubting the constitutionality of the move, a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the president’s declaration of emergency on March 14, a resolution that Trump vetoed soon after, heightening tensions between the executive and legislative branches.

The effort to override the presidential veto, spearheaded by House Democrats, requires a two-thirds majority, which, due to three vacancies, is 285 votes. In the face of a direct challenge to the authority of the legislature, House Republicans will be torn between checking the expanding power of the presidency, a key concern for many conservatives, and maintaining the political favour of their base and the president. Today, expect the latter concern to win out, making the override unlikely to pass.

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