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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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Holli
2 years ago

The wall is as important as the Statue of Liberty.

Ron
2 years ago

AMAC members should do all they can about replacing those 12 GOPpers. 1) Commence primary searches today. 2) stop contributing to the 12’s re-election fund – sure its a long process before all 12 will have to find other work. But start. And do not wait for Term-limit legislation – nobody is going to vote to send themselves to the unemployment queues!

BettyAnn
2 years ago

God bless Donald Trump & keep him strong to fight the Democrats, Republicans, Congress, etc. that are desperately trying to destroy our country from within. We’re with you, President Trump, Build the Wall!❤️??

Jack
2 years ago

Eminent domain, seize all land within 10 miles of the border and reclassify as federal preserve and utilize the epa to keep area prestige. If that fails, area should become a militarized zone/no mans land. People will have to answer to military law.

Cathy
2 years ago

I too am disappointed in the republicans and Washington for not following the already established laws. More disappointing is the fact that coming to the USA has lost all its benefits & charm. Can’t we see that free everything makes us no different and offers nothing special for anything or anyone. Go to Washington, get insider trader tips, & get rich. The people in USA will rise up some time soon and then we will hurting for our children will no fix. Then see our nation invaded by the world.

Orville Schividecker
2 years ago

With the conviction of El Chapo, why not freeze his funds & the funds of his cartel to pay for the Wall? Poetic jusrice!

Elaine Blum
2 years ago

I think the President is doing a great job!

WES
2 years ago

THE AMERICAN INDIAN DID NOT HAVE AN IMMIGRATION POLICY! SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM??

Steve
2 years ago

I am so thankful for the AMAC blog format which allows us like minded conservatives to meet and comment. After we build the wall on the southern border we need to build a wall on the left border and separate Calif from the rest of the nation.

williaml
2 years ago

I go with him. Something needs to be done down there and to wait on congress is a waste of time.

Susan
2 years ago

If congress can live with walls and gates around their homes with armed guards for their protection. American people should be safe as well and be protected. There are far mire Americans to be protected the people in congress

Susan
2 years ago

Lets get the wall built

Gary
2 years ago

The wall is all about protecting America. We all know that, and we all know it needs to be built. The problem is the Trump haters. Obama’s mission for 8 long years was to divide America, and it seems to me that he is still in power. The answer to this whole freaking mess is to hold those who have committed crimes against America accountable, and then hold those who speak from a professional standpoint (politicians, media, etc.) accountable for what they say. Yes this is a free country and we do have freedom of speech, but that does not include telling lies and spreading misinformation aimed at hurting this country or President Trump who is doing his best to protect this country.

Bob F.
2 years ago

I Hope President Trump can get at Least the majority of the wall built before he leaves office, because we won”t find another President with enough back bone to stand up to moron bullies

Stephen Bell
2 years ago

My one Republican Senator was one of the disingenuous 12. The notion that President Trump’s employment of this legitimate power will trigger some future Democrat President to attempt to overturn the first or second amendments or go full-in on draconian measures and taxation for a “climate change” emergency is fallacious. In fact, this is more likely to happen if the Democrats succeed in overwhelming our nation with their imported voters. This mass migration of uneducated, poor people who the Democrats will continue to press into the voting booth is one of the primary keys to their oft repeated pledge to fundamentally transform the United States of America.

Robert
2 years ago

I would like to have the Names and contact information of all Republican Senators the voted for the resolution to stop President Trump from building the wall at the border. I think everyone should let them know how they feel about it. They are not representing the will of the “Citizens” that elected them.

gary thornton
2 years ago

Build the wall.

Judy Moffit
2 years ago

I am very disapointed in the Republicans who didn’t stand with the president on the wall

Dorothy
2 years ago

Here is a list of the useless Republicans who voted against protecting the U. S. border; they need to find other employment and I hope they get it next election:

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

Romney, while voting against the president, straddled the fence: “This is not about the president or border security, in fact I support border security, I support a barrier.”

Really??

The Swamp proves to be much wider, deeper and more viscous than anyone knew. . .

Sheila
2 years ago
Reply to  Dorothy

Thank you for the list of these useless Republicans who voted against the U.S. border. You are absolutely right in saying that they needed to find other employment and hoping they will loose the next election.

Richard Merryman
2 years ago

VETO

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