WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed yet another victory Tuesday as the House failed to override his efforts to declare a national emergency on the nation’s border.
Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.
“Keeping our nation secure should be the president’s very highest priority. With President Trump, there is no question he has and will continue to carry out this priority,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said during floor debate prior to the vote. “He has very clearly laid out the case for a declaration for a national emergency. There is a crisis at the border.”
Border security, a central focus of the president’s 2016 campaign, has been a long fought effort throughout Trump’s two and a half year presidency.
The vote clears the path for the president to shift budget funds. By declaring his now successful national emergency the president intends to allocate $3.6 billion that was originally allotted for military construction projects toward border security. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such border security efforts to less than $1.4 billion.
Despite the president’s victory, Democrats were quick to point out the near miss.
“The President’s lawless emergency declaration clearly violates the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, and Congress will work through the appropriations and defense authorization processes to terminate this dangerous action and restore our constitutional system of balance of powers,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said in a joint statement. “We will continue to review all options to protect our Constitution and our Democracy from the President’s assault.”