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President Trump to Veto Congressional Resolution Attempting to Stop Him From Building the Wall

Trump Veto wall“VETO!”

That was President Donald Trump’s one-word response on Twitter to the Senate after it passed a resolution to overturn his national emergency declaration on the southern border. The resolution passed 59 to 41, with 12 Senate Republicans voting in favor.

That was enough to pass the Senate, but 59 votes is not enough to override a veto. That takes two-thirds majorities in both chambers of Congress: 67 votes in the Senate, plus another 290 in the House. And it seems doubtful there will be the votes in either chamber to do so.

In February, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dismissed the idea that the veto would be overridden with the help of House Republicans, saying, “I don’t see any way that would get overridden, if it were vetoed, in any way shape or form.”

Similarly, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) declared, “there will be nowhere near the votes to override a veto.”

Meaning, in all likelihood, the veto will stand. That’s that.

In Trump’s emergency declaration, he reprogrammed $8.1 billion of uncommitted military construction funds to building the wall and steel barriers along the southern border. It includes: “About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund… Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities (Title 10 United States Code, section 284)… Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President’s declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808)…”

That will come atop Congress’ prior approval of $1.6 billion in 2018 for replacing existing fencing with new steel barriers and another $1.375 billion in 2019 for some new steel barriers Trump managed to get after the longest partial government shutdown in history.

That was more than Trump was going to get for the wall without doing the shutdown, but still far less than he needed in order to get the job done. With no other options, he invoked pre-existing limited authority granted by Congress, including 10 U.S. Code § 2808(a), which allows uncommitted monies to be redirected in the event of a national emergency.

It states, “In the event of a declaration of war or the declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) that requires use of the armed forces, the Secretary of Defense, without regard to any other provision of law, may undertake military construction projects, and may authorize the Secretaries of the military departments to undertake military construction projects, not otherwise authorized by law that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces. Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated.”

So, Senators’ posturing aside, the question is not whether Congress granted the fiscal reprograming authority when the President determines there is an emergency. It did 37 years ago in the 1982 Military Construction Codification Act, which expanded some of the authorities from the National Emergencies Act.

National emergencies have been declared more than 50 times in the past 43 years, but this is the first time Congress has ever attempted to overturn one.

As Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning noted in a statement, the fiscal reprogramming authority the President is invoking is similar to other authorities Congress grants: “[It] is no different than Congress’ authority to appropriate huge sums of money for broad purposes, leaving it to departments and agencies to determine how best to meet those goals via the contracting process. It is no different than the limited transfer authority Congress grants agencies every fiscal year.”

Manning added, “To pretend that this bit of discretion is different from all the other discretions it has granted is disingenuous at best.”

Indeed. Congress has not acted to repeal these authorities, or it would have done so long ago. The fact that Congress refuses to secure this country by adequately protecting the border pretty much creates the emergency and humanitarian crisis on the border, as drugs, gangs and human trafficking continues to press in. What’s different now is there is finally a president who is doing something about it.

Fortunately, Congressional Republicans have an opportunity to redeem themselves and get the wall built, by voting to sustain Trump’s veto. Now’s the time to fight.

Reprinted with permission from - Daily Torch - by Robert Romano

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Vickie

I am so disappointed on the 12 Republicians who voted with the democrats. They need to decide if they are Republicans or democrates. Which ever side they need to quit straddling the fence either be all in or get out. I am sick and tired of their mess. Americans are not stupid we deserve better than what is in Washington. Career Politians need to go. 2 terms gone!

PaulE

Congress gave the President the power to declare a national emergency, on virtually any issue, in 1976. So the President is acting well within his constitutional authority in this matter. Now Congress, at least the Democrats and the usual Republican RINO’s, who are essentially Democrats masquerading as Republicans, are upset that the POTUS is actually choosing to recognize the ongoing threat that has existed on our southern border for decades and do something about it. No doubt either of these political factions ever conceived of a possibility that a President, from either party, would actually use such authority to safeguard the nation and go so against the establishment agenda associated with globalism in such a direct manner. Neither political party, outside the few members of the House Freedom Caucus and maybe a handful of Republican Senators, actually want to secure our borders and clean up the immigration mess created over… Read more »

John

The people who don’t realize the United States has a crisis on our southern border has their head stuck in the sand. GOD bless Donald Trump for attempting to correct this massive problem.

Susan Blakely

I agree 100% with President Trump on securing the border as the necessary first step in protecting all Americans from the invasion of illegal people entering our wonderful country which includes rapists, murderers, drug smugglers, etc, all coming to harm our young people and others at great expense and sorrow to many,

Kim

I did a two minute search to some of the links mentioned in the article, and one of those 50 national emergencies goes, in part, like this: President Clinton in 1995 enacted Executive Order #12957, declaring a national emergency around the supervising or financing by American citizens of Iranian petroleum resources. Simply put, we just can’t do that. Seems fairly innocuous to me, compared to the 72,000 Americans who DIED last year due to drugs coming illegally over the border into this country, or to the MANY THOUSANDS of Americans who have been raped, assaulted, robbed, kidnapped, or killed… NOT A NATIONAL EMERGENCY???!! Are you kidding me? C’mon, RINO’s, get it together! Although it didn’t help much, I’m glad that our NC Senator Tom Tillis reversed his previous vote to block President Trump’s Emergency Declaration. I’m going to write to him now to thank him. Incidentally, Beto wants to tear… Read more »

Silas Longshot

As the trend has always been with Trump in office, EVERY president before Trump has done multiple ‘presidential emergency’ actions, but ONLY Trump has had to put up with this BS from obstructionist democrats and backstabbing establishment ‘republicans’. Enforcing border policies enacted by democrats, he gets beitched at. 4 presidents before him declared a ‘border crisis’, (but did really nothing about it), Trump says same, we get ‘there’s no border crisis’.
Forge ahead, Mr President, the nation is with you.

Betty Rader

My senator NC Thom Tillis said he would be voting against Trumps National Emergency; as soon as I saw that I immediately emailed him and told him if he did I was promising him I would vote against him in 2020 no matter who the opposing candidate was. Apparently other North Carolinians must have pulled his string because he did not vote with the other turncoat Republicans. Whether I made a difference or not, I’ll never know but he changed his mind for some reason. I still don’t trust him or any other politician.

Fred

This is not about the wall it is about politics and not letting an outsider have a win. The good old boys are trying to show they are still in charge. No one and they mean no one is going to break up their system of power. Most everyone in Washington voted for a wall during their term in office so the only difference is an outsider trying to make a difference

Candyse K Clarke

I stand with the President of the United States! BUILD THE WALL! Shame on Congress!

Deb

Excellent President Trump

Pamela Cook

I’m personally sick of our republicans in office not backing up the building of the wall. People in our conservative ranks beware time is near where we need to run for the hills, because we are not standing up and fighting for our protection and rights! To be a believer with faith in common decency and respect of human life at the core of our values does not equal to being afraid to stand firm for our causes. My life isn’t worth the air I breathe if I am unwilling to fight for what is RIGHT!!! I know I will get rebuttals for speaking this way, but I am a 63 year old 9 times a grandma and disabled because of violence against me because our laws protect the disorder in human societies. So if it can happen to me it can happen to you! Satan is real, he is… Read more »

DLR

Is it to early to ask …….”Give me an Amen”…and God Bless an American President….Donald Trump.

Adelyn Giles

I say that President Trump, My President, should veto the bill.

Violet Stine

They don’t want the wall because that is one of the things Trump promised the people who voted for him.
I will still vote for him on 2020. I am going to be 80 this year and have never seen such hate towards a president.
Please Pray for our president daily.

Theresa

Build the Wall no matter what must be done. America sees what the Left is doing, and we do not like it. Where are our rights as true Americans ? We want the Wall. God Bless President Trump.

Mary Ligenza

Build the wall.

David Meier

This is a national emergency and Trump is doing what needs to be done. Contrary to the way things have been done in Washington before, promise and stall and get nothing done. Are border needs to be secured. Build the wall so we can move manpower to points of entry. Stop the flood of illegals, drugs and criminals now.

Potawatomi13

YEE HAA Mister PRESIDENT. Put the spurs to em!

John

It breaks my heart that the Democrats put illegals, not “undocumented”, ahead of my children and grandchildren. It totally disgusts me that certain “Republicans” are doing the same.

Elizabeth Ellliott

This is great news. Now the people of this country can feel a little safer.