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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks to members of the media while departing a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Ahead of the vote, Democrats tried to frame the resolution as a choice between their duties and allegiance to Trump.
“The president chose to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people with a veto,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. She added that “we take an oath to the Constitution, not to the president of the United States.”
Trump hopes to use the declaration to secure $3.6 billion of the $8 billion total he wants to put toward barriers on the border. It would come from the Defense Department’s military construction budget.
Though Congress cannot terminate the emergency declaration for now, Trump’s action still will face its share of scrutiny. Numerous states and outside groups have filed lawsuits challenging the declaration.
Lawsuits have in part cited Trump’s own words last month, when said “I didn’t need to do this” to get border wall funding, “but I’d rather do it much faster.”
Despite the House’s failure to override Trump’s veto, conflict over the wall funding will not disappear. After acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday that the Pentagon would move $1 billion away from military construction projects to build the border wall, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wa., denied the move. He said his committee had not approved it.
It still may go through, as the Pentagon will argue it has the authority to use the funds.
Trump also requested $8.6 billion for border wall construction in his fiscal 2020 budget, which could spark yet another standoff with Democrats over the signature campaign promise.