House fails to override Trump veto on border, Abraham statement

Congress on border deal / Photo: Pixabay - U.S. Customs and Border Protection / (MGN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (KNOE) - An effort by House Democrats to override President Donald Trump's first veto has failed. That hands him a victory because his declaration of a national emergency at the Southwest border will remain in effect.

The Democratic-controlled chamber has voted 248-181 in favor of overriding Trump's veto. That fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail because a two-thirds majority was needed.

The emergency declaration would let Trump shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to erecting barriers along the border with Mexico. Building the wall was one of Trump's most repeated campaign pledges, though he said it would be paid for by Mexico, not taxpayers.

Congress voted to provide less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction. Court challenges may eventually block the extra money Trump wants.

Congressman Ralph Abraham released the following statement:

"While [Democrats] played political games with our safety, more than 76,000 illegal immigrants tried to cross into our country in February alone. The United States has endured because of our belief in the rule of law. Turning a blind eye to the law and allowing these open borders sends the wrong message to Americans who live each day obeying our laws," Abraham said.