Trump Vetoes Bill Blocking National Emergency

By Arutz Sheva North America Staff

Trump vetoes resolution of disapproval of his emergency declaration at the US-Mexico border.

US President Donald Trump &#111n Friday issued the first veto of his presidency as he blocked a resolution of disapproval of his emergency declaration which is meant to help him obtain funds for his wall at the US-Mexico border. The measure, which passed the House and the Senate, won support from both parties, including 12 Senate Republicans, in what was seen as a significant rebuke of the president. In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump said Americans would be put at risk if the “dangerous” and “reckless” resolution became law.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said, according to The Hill.

The resolution of disapproval will now return to the Democratic-controlled House, which is expected to hold a vote &#111n March 26 &#111n overriding Trump”s veto, according to a leadership aide. However, leaders appear to lack the two-thirds support of the chamber necessary to pass the bill over the president”s objections.

The 59-41 vote in the Senate &#111n Thursday marked the first time Congress has voted to block a president”s emergency declaration. The House passed the measure last month by a vote of 245-182. Trump declared a national emergency &#111n February 15 to circumvent Congress and allocate nearly $8 billion to fund his long-sought project along the US-Mexico border. Trump”s decision to declare a national emergency followed the 35-day government shutdown which started when Congress refused to approve $5.7 billion to help build a portion of the wall. The shutdown ended &#111n January 25 when the sides reached a deal for government to reopen for three weeks until February 15 while negotiations between Republicans and Democrats continue in an attempt to reach an agreement &#111n border security. The national emergency declaration has been challenged in court by a group of 16 states, headed by California. (Arutz Sheva”s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically &#111n all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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