On Friday, March 15, President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution sponsored by both chambers of the House. The goal was to terminate his plans for national emergency declaration to build up a border wall against Mexico. President Trump wanted to use funds that were seen by many as inappropriate and previously placed elsewhere.
The President plans on gathering his money from various departments, for example six billion dollars from the defense department, in which the congress and the people do not think it is appropriate to be taken from.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump told reporters of CNN and NBC, in the Oval Office. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”
This is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has decided to use his presidential veto power to block legislation and accomplish his goals for building up a wall.
Trump said the resolution “puts countless Americans in danger. There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergency than what we have at our border.”
The resolution would be a way to reverse the national emergency,
On March 26, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called a re-vote, calling out all Republicans that have not accompanied this case yet.
“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution,” she said in a statement.
Pelosi acknowledged on Wednesday that Congress will not have high chance of stopping Trump for his doings but still should give best effort. It will not be able to block President Trump’s border wall veto, but she will force a vote on the matter anyway because the President’s attempt to “deface” the Constitution should be treated immediately.
On Tuesday, April 26, the house failed to override the president’s veto, leaving the declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border still intact. The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday in favor of overriding – but this fell 38 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Only 14 Republicans voted in favor of the veto override.
Sophomore Elliott Hooper stated, “I doubt congress has the means to override the president’s veto. I believe the House will have a harder time than the senate if they do try to override the president.”
Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer censors the veto decision in a statement,”It is no surprise that the president holds the rule of law and our Constitution in minimal regard. There is no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won’t pay for it; and a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate his fake emergency,” he said. “While the president has chosen to trample all over the Constitution, we Democrats in the Senate will never stop defending our country from an overreaching president.”
Vice President, Mike Pence has been initially trying to communicate with Republican senators that Trump would recruit with future legislation to limit emergency powers. Immediately after, Trump informed Republicans that he would not allow the bill to be passed.
Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects from the people that supported him. “I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the wall. This will help stop crime, human trafficking, and drugs entering our country. Watch, when you get back to your state, they will love you more than ever before!” Trump tweeted Friday.
Trump has also planned to issue another veto in the upcoming weeks. This resolution is about withdrawing US military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Tensions between the president, senate and house continue to rise over security at the border and foreign affairs.