On Tuesday, a vote led by Top Democrats in the House, failed to overturn President Trump’s veto to stick with his National Emergency Declaration over the U.S-Mexico Southern border.
Trump declared the national emergency on Feb. 15 in an attempt to bypass Congress and move taxpayer funds for the wall away from other uses already approved by Congress.
Although Democrats attempted to put up a fight, claiming the President is doing a “Power Grab” and overstepping his authority. But they failed miserably in attracting enough Republican lawmakers to backup their fight.
According to The Hill, even though Democrats were able to turn 14 Republican Lawmakers to vote against Trumps veto, it wasn’t enough as at least two-third of entire congress had to vote against Trump to end the National Emergency Declaration.
Democrats have been strict in their disapproval of Trump’s National Emergency Declaration issued in mid-February, blasting it as an abuse of power for a partisan priority. But Republicans also insists Trump had acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, under which previous presidents had declared dozens of emergencies.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said “I’m convinced that the president’s actions are unlawful and deeply irresponsible. A core foundation of our system of government and of democracies across the world going back hundreds of years is that the executive cannot unilaterally spend taxpayer money without the legislature’s consent.”
But Trump destroyed Nadler’s claim when he told reporters in the Oval Office earlier this month, that “Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”