Last Tuesdày (March 26, 2019), the Congressional voting to decide over Trump’s veto failed to muster the two-third majority necessary to bar Trump from using the National Emergency law. Apparently, there was not enough Republican defection in both chambers that will allow Congress to stop Trump from diverting military funds to his proposed expansion of the US Mexico border wall. Although voting will again take place on Tuesday, observers believe that the same results can be expected.
Previous passing of the related resolution by Congress in February 2019 had the support of both houses. However, in last Tuesday’s session, not enough Republicans rallied behind in support of overriding Trump’s veto. This, despite some previous expressions of views that Trump’s use of the National Emergency law is an abuse of presidential powers. It became obvious therefore, that those who chose not to stand by their objections were apparently more concerned with the votes they might lose in antagonizing pro-Trump supporters.
Acknowledging Democrats in Taking a United Stance to Uphold the Constitution
Praises to the Democrats, whose actions stayed true with the doctrines of democracy. Separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of the government is a liberal solution to limiting the powers of the majority. This received embodiment in the United States Constitution, designating Congress as controller of overall government expenditures.
In February, right after Trump declared the National State, the Democrats vowed that
”The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available”
Acknowledging the Republicans Who Chose to Uphold Congress’ Constitutional Mandate
Even Republicans are wary that in allowing Trump to usurp Congress’ constitutional mandate to control government expenditures, they will also be giving future Democratic presidents a way of circumventing spending resolutions passed by Congress. As it is, only 14 House Republicans voted to override Trump’s veto.
The 14 included Rep.NY John Katko who missed voting on the February Congressional resolution to nullify Trump’s National Emergency declaration. Last Tuesday he upped the Republican override vote by joining Rep-MI Justin Amash, Rep-WA Jaime Herrera Beutler, Rep-PA Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep-WI Mike Gallagher, Rep-TX Will Hurd, Rep-SD Dusty Johnson, Rep-KY Thomas Massie, Rep-WA Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep-FL Francis Rooney, Rep-WI Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep-NY Elise Stefanik, Rep-MI Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep-OR Greg Walden.