President Trump next week will win a legislative victory of sorts, when House Democrats fail to override the first veto of his presidency.
Trump has vetoed a resolution aimed at stopping him from using $3.6 billion in military funding to build a wall on the southern border. To override that veto, the House and Senate need to find a two-thirds majority.
But the votes aren't there in the House. Last month, just 13 Republicans voted with Democrats to block Trump’s emergency declaration, but Democrats would need more than 50 Republicans to vote against Trump to override his veto.
“House Democrats will not have anywhere near the votes they need to override President Trump’s veto,” said Lauren Fine, spokeswoman for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. “House Republicans have stood strongly with President Trump on securing our nation’s border and overwhelmingly supported his emergency declaration by large margins when we voted on this weeks ago. This will not change.”
Democrats realize the measure won’t pass but said the vote will support court challenges to the emergency declaration by showing Congress believes Trump violated the Constitution.