Senate Democrats were unable to gain enough votes to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure that would have reversed his February declaration that gives him $3.6 billion dollars to construct the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
POLITICO reported that while the effort was well-loved by Democrats, the override received a 53-36 vote, which fell short of the two-thirds majority needed by both chambers of Congress to undo a presidential veto.
The override failed 53-36. The support of at least two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers is required to nix a veto.
“The House and Senate adopted the measure, S.J. Res. 54 (116), last month that would kill the national emergency declaration the president laid out earlier this year to transfer $3.6 billion Congress intended for military construction projects, on top of $2.5 billion Trump has targeted from Pentagon drug interdiction efforts and $600 million from a Treasury fund,” POLITICO reported.
Only 11 House Republicans and Independent Rep. Justin Amish joined the 224 Democrats in voting “yes” on the resolution to overturn the veto last month, according to The Hill.
The House vote took place late in September according to POLITICO.
The legislation, which will now be sent to the White House, is expected to be vetoed by the president, who initiated the project.
According to POLITICO, eleven Republicans along with one Republican-turned-independent voted with Democrats to block the president’s move that would circumvent Congress in obtaining the billions of dollars needed from Pentagon funding to complete the hundreds of miles of border wall.
The White House was forthcoming with which Republicans voted with Democrats on the measure, making it clear how the left-leaning representatives stood in the way of the president’s campaign promise.
“The president’s decision to cancel $3.6 billion for military construction to pay for his wasteful wall makes America less safe,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a rare floor speech Friday, according to POLITICO.
The House vote came after multiple Senate Republicans voted against the president’s funding grab, according to The Hill.
“Under the National Emergencies Act, a resolution ending the declaration needed only a simple majority to clear the Senate, making it likely to be approved,” The Hill reported. “But underscoring the broad swath of concern about Trump’s actions among the Senate GOP caucus, 11 Republican senators voted to nix the declaration.”
The Senate rang in a 54-41 vote on the resolution that brought an end to the declaration which would have allowed the Trump administration to put billions of dollars in his border wall fund from the military budget.
According to The Hill, multiple Republicans senators voted against the administration’s plan, including:
GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).
Written by Savannah Pointer.