US President Donald Trump has said he would veto a Congressional effort to block his recent ‘national emergency’ declaration and prevent him building a wall along the Mexican border.
After failing to secure the $5.7 billion he’d requested from Congress for his long-promised border wall, the president declared a national emergency last week. The declaration allows Trump to move funding from other parts of government to the wall.
House Democrats introduced a resolution on Friday, aimed at blocking Trump’s emergency edict. The resolution has 222 co-sponsors and is all but guaranteed to pass the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
The Republican-majority Senate might prove more difficult, but at least one Republican senator, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, has indicated that she will likely cross the aisle and vote in favor of the resolution. While “a handful” of Republicans might side with the Democrats, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said on Friday, “there will be enough left to sustain a veto.”