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President Donald Trump vetoed a congressional attempt to overturn his border emergency declaration, marking the second time he has vetoed such a resolution.
“In short, the situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our Armed Forces are still needed to help confront it,” the president said in a veto message Tuesday night, while the top-ranking Democratic presidential candidates debated in Ohio.
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Trump’s border emergency declaration has allowed him to reallocate billions in federal funds to help pay for border wall construction.
The GOP-controlled Senate voted 54-41 in September to overturn Trump’s declaration, including 11 Republican lawmakers who joined Democratic ranks. Afterward, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives also voted in favor of the resolution, including a handful of Republicans.
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Congress passed its first bipartisan resolution against Trump’s emergency declaration in March. Trump struck that resolution down in the same month — the first veto of presidency.
Congress failed in both chambers to secure the two-thirds majority needed in order to override a presidential veto.
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“Earlier this year, I vetoed H.J. Res. 46 because it was a dangerous resolution that would undermine United States sovereignty and threaten the lives and safety of countless Americans,” Trump said about his first veto. “It...
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