On Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled House attempted an override of Trump’s national emergency declaration concerning the nation’s southern border.
Diving into the details: The vote was an effort to cancel Trump’s veto of a congressional resolution to cancel his emergency pronouncement.
Get that? Trump said “Emergency.” Congress said Nope. Trump Noped their Nope. In return, they took a shot at noping his nope that noped their nope of his “Emergency.”
Did they succeed?
The President announced a state of emergency on February 15th in order to access billions of dollars otherwise withheld by Congress. On Monday, the Pentagon authorized the transfer of $1 billion to bolster the construction of 57 miles of fencing. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan explained the barrier will stand 18 feet tall in the Yuma and El Paso sectors.
The House’s vote to override secured a majority by way of 248-181. However, the crew needed two-thirds. So someone play the sad trombones:
Even if the House had reached the required portion, however, the Republican-led Senate would’ve likely squashed their move against DJT.
So the Donald continues his victory dance — there was no collusion, the media look like idiots (here, here, and here), Michael Avenatti faces extortion charges (here), and the border’s set to get a nifty fence. Quite the banner week.
“Congress has repeatedly refused to address this dangerous situation, but President Donald J. Trump has acted. He is building the wall and strengthening security at the border because the American people deserve protection from threats coming into our country.”
Prior to voting, Nancy Pelosi took the opportunity to utter something really stupid:
“Even when the legislative branch disagrees with the executive, we respect the office the President holds, and it’s his right to veto legislation. But when those decisions violate the Constitution, then that must be stopped.”
Trump just trumped:
Thank you to the House Republicans for sticking together and the BIG WIN today on the Border. Today’s vote simply reaffirms Congressional Democrats are the party of Open Borders, Drugs and Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
And the saga continues.