WASHINGTON – On the afternoon of March 26, up on Capitol Hill, U.S. House of Representative Democrats looked to obtain a two-thirds majority or 290 total votes to override the presidential veto on H.J. Res. 46.
A complete override of President Donald Trump’s veto would mean he could not declare the U.S.-Mexico border a national emergency, ultimately denying funding for the border wall and additional funding for other security protective measures.
With 14 House Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues to oppose the veto – the House – controlled by the Democrat party could not override the veto with a final vote of 248 to 181.
Due to the failure of the override in the House, the Senate will not attempt its own override, therefore, allowing the veto to be lawfully established.
The president can now move forward on fulfilling his 2016 campaign promise of building the wall.
Budget funds will now be allocated from the Pentagon to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.
With Congressional approval of $1.4 billion allocated for barrier spending earlier this year, the president plans to add nearly $4B more from military construction projects to the southern border.
According to the Washington Examiner, former Bush speechwriter and columnist Marc Thiessen agreed and said, “The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping.”
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.