Schumer slams Trump’s veto to terminate emergency declaration

Schumer slams Trump’s veto to terminate emergency declaration

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters at his weekly briefing Tuesday after meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to negotiate the president's insistence that the budget must include $5 million to pay for a border wall. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY )(Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to veto a resolution that would have terminated the national emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“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,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

He added: “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.”

The Senate approved the resolution on Thursday in a 59-41 vote. All 47 Democrats voted yes as did 12 Republicans. Sixty-seven votes are needed to override a veto if all members vote.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the resolution last month in a 245-182 vote. All Democrats voted yes as did 13 Republicans. Two-hundred-and-ninety-votes are needed to override a veto if all members vote.

Both chambers must vote to override.

The House is expected to attempt to override the veto after Congress returns from recess the final week of the month.

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