Senate Blocks Trump's National Emergency Declaration
The Republican-led Senate passed a resolution that would block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The vote was mostly along party lines, but several Republicans supported the bill, including Sens.
The measure passed the House easily toward the end of February — 245-182. The resolution will now head to the president's desk, who has said he will "100 percent" veto it.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he doesn't think lawmakers have the two-thirds majority needed in each chamber to override that expected veto.
President Trump has been hit with several legal challenges since declaring a national emergency. The declaration allows the president to access certain government funding to pay for a border wall without going through Congress.
Congressional Democrats and 12 GOP senators believe President Donald Trump lacked the authority to declare a national emergency last month so as to appropriate government money toward the construction..