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Trump Wall Emergency Denied

The house recently passed a new federal resolution by a vote of 182 to 245 against declaring a national emergency to build Trumps wall.

During floor debate, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, the main sponsor of the controversial legislation, said, “There is no emergency at the border,” adding, “Border crossings are at a four-decades low.”

While passage was a victory for Democrats, the tally was short of what would likely be needed to override a possible veto by Republican Trump. Only 13 Republicans supported the move to stop the president’s declaration.

Democrats and some Republicans worry that with the emergency declaration unilaterally funding his border wall without lawmakers’ approval, Trump was presenting a dangerous challenge to the balance of powers between Congress and the executive branch.

Following a meeting of Republican senators and Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to predict the outcome, including whether senators ultimately could override a Trump veto.

McConnell said Republican senators and Pence held a “robust, vigorous discussion” and that he had not “reached a total conclusion” over whether Trump’s emergency proclamation was legal..com

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