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House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration

HeadlineFeb 27, 2019

On Tuesday, the House voted 245 to 182 to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration, which would divert billions of dollars of federal funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. This is Texas Congressmember Joaquin Castro speaking on the House floor Tuesday.

Rep. Joaquin Castro: “The precedent that may be set today, this week or next week, when the Senate votes, if Congress allows this president’s emergency declaration to stand, will not have ramifications only on this matter or the building of a border wall. But if the president is successful, he will likely come back for more.”

The measure now goes to the Senate. So far, three Republicans—Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Thom Tillis—have said they will join with their Democratic colleagues to vote in favor of the bill. At least one more Republican senator would also need to support the bill for it to pass. Trump, however, has vowed to veto the bill, and Congress is far from the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.

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