House votes to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration

House votes to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Tuesday evening approved a measure that would terminate President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The resolution passed 245-182.

Thirteen Republicans voted yes as did all Democrats.

The Republican-controlled Senate now has 18 days to consider the measure.

GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have said they will vote for the resolution. That means if one more Republican signs on and all Democrats vote yes, it will pass.

However, the White House said Tuesday that Trump will veto the measure if it comes to his desk. There does not appear to be enough support for Congress to override a veto.

Trump issued the declaration on Feb. 15 in conjunction with the signing of legislation to keep the government open.

The White House has said most of the money to pay for the wall will come from unobligated military construction funds and the Treasury Department’s drug asset forfeiture program.

Critics of the order say it violates the Constitution.

The American Civil Liberties Union and 16 state attorneys general have filed lawsuits.

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