Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

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The resolution passed the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled House by a large majority and officially registers a rebuke of Trump's action.

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a veto of the congressional measure to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Mr Trump had declared the emergency in February after Congress refused his requests for $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to construct a border wall - a campaign promise.

Earlier today, President Trump thanked Republicans who voted against the measure.

"I'm very proud to veto it", he added. "Donate NOW for the WALL & we'll TRIPLE MATCH your gift". John Barrasso, who voted against the resolution, said Friday. Ahead of the voting, Trump framed the issue as with-him-or-against-him on border security, a powerful argument with many.

Senate Republicans have shown support for amending the National Emergencies Act in an attempt to curtail the power of future emergency declarations. "Presidents have exercised broad discretion in determining what challenges and situations amount to national emergencies".

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Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help. "That shift has placed a substantial strain on border-security resources".

A Justice Department letter to congressional leaders details the legal arguments defending the Trump emergency declaration, arguing that the president was authorized to do so by the National Emergencies Act passed by Congress in 1976.

In challenging Trump on Thursday, only one Republican who is up for re-election next year - Susan Collins of ME - voted for the disapproval resolution. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The House had passed the same resolution last month largely along party lines.

American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the cases, said the veto was meaningless - like the declaration in the first place.

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the president's lawless power grab, yet the president has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people", she said in a statement.

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