Last night President Trump vetoed the Senate S.J. Res. 54, a joint resolution that “would terminate the national emergency” he declared on February 15, 2019. The president said the national emergency remains on our southern border and this declaration diverts military construction funds for building a wall.
Mr. Trump said: “the situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our armed forces are still needed to help confront it.”
Last month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper transferred $3.6 billion from the Pentagon’s budget for the border wall. This money was taken from 127 military construction projects under emergency powers.
Mr. Trump said “has empowered my administration’s government-wide strategy to counter large-scale unlawful migration and to respond to corresponding humanitarian challenges through focused application of every Constitutional and statutory authority at our disposal.”
President Trump insists the border wall is still a big problem for the United States.
“The southern border, however, continues to be a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics to come into our country.”
S.J. Resolution 54, is going back to the Senate for an override but it looks like it will not get the two-thirds majority needed to pass.