Trump's First Veto? ❌

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Trump & the border

Throughout his 2016 Presidential campaign, Trump said he would “build the wall and make Mexico pay for it.” In January 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13767 to begin attempting to construct a border wall. The impasse between Trump and the new Democratic House majority over $5b in wall funding resulted in the US government shutdown, December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019.

Going too far or not far enough?

On February 15, 2019, Trump signed a bill to fund the government and simultaneous signed a declaration that the situation at the southern border constitutes a “national emergency.” Trump’s declaration stands out because none of the previous 58 emergency declarations involved circumventing Congress’ power of the purse. The Democratic-controlled House voted 245-182 (13 Republicans voted in favor) on February 26th, 2019 to overturn the emergency declaration and the Republican-controlled Senate followed suit with a 59-41 (12 Republicans voted in favor) vote yesterday.


Breitbart: Senate passes bill to end Trump’s national emergency with less than veto-proof majority

Newsmax: Senate votes to terminate Trump's emergency declaration for border, forcing veto showdown

The right’s headlines also take a partisan stance: they attempt to downplay the implications, in this case emphasizing that the votes are symbolic and not “veto-proof,” and stick to reporting facts without much color commentary.


The Guardian: Senate rejects national emergency declaration in sharp rebuke to Trump

Huffington Post: A dozen Republicans rebuke Trump over his emergency declaration

The left’s headlines follow partisan reactions to negative outcomes for the president. Namely, they use strong language (such as “reject” and “rebuke”) to solicit an emotional response from readers and to spotlight the larger than expected number of Republican “defections.”

What happens next?

Trump will likely veto the bill rebuking his emergency declaration – it is highly unlikely that the House and Senate will have a ⅔ majority to overturn the veto, meaning that the emergency declaration will be settled in the courts. Some believe that the ultimate arbiter, the Supreme Court, currently has an expansive view of executive power and will likely side with Trump. If this comes to pass, Congress could chose to amend the National Emergencies Act. Ultimately, the American people will vote next year and have the final say on if Trump’s actions were warranted.

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