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House fails to override POTUS veto of bill blocking emergency border declaration; Pentagon shifts $1 billion for wall

By Jon Dougherty

POTUS Donald Trump vowed he would win the showdown with Congress over its initial rejection of his declaration of an emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border and he did.

On Wednesday, the House failed to override his veto on a vote of 248 in favor with 181 against, failing to reach the necessary two-thirds threshold required by the Constitution (14 Republicans voted with all Democrats).

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If the House had not sustained the veto, then the Senate – where Republicans are in control — likely would have done so also. Most political analysts projected that the Senate could not achieve a two-thirds majority to override either.

Now that the national emergency has been sustained, the Pentagon has received its marching orders from the Commander-in-Chief, transferring $1 billion from various accounts to the Department of Homeland Security so construction on 57 miles of new 18-foot border wall can begin.

The Pentagon notified Congress and, predictably, Democrats on the various committees receiving notice objected. That included every Democratic senator serving on the on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, who wrote a letter to the DoD stating, accord to CNN:

“We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the Department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defense committees and in violation of provisions in the defense appropriation itself. As a result, we have serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military.”

In a press release the Pentagon stated:

Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan authorized the commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection. These funds will be used to support DHS’s request to build 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, constructing and improving roads, and installing lighting within the Yuma and El Paso Sectors of the border in support of the February 15 national emergency declaration on the southern border of the United States.

10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7) gives the Department of Defense the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.

Shanahan told DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that the new fencing would be built in the Yuma, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas, sections of the border.

On Tuesday, Shanahan told the House Armed Services Committee that the transfer of funds would not affect the military readiness of the U.S.

“I appreciate the inherent intra-government complexities of the southwest border situation. I also want to emphasize: The funds requested for the border barrier amount to less than one percent of the National Defense topline … Military construction on the border will not come at the expense of our people, our readiness, or our modernization,” he said.

That didn’t mollify the committee’s chairman, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.), who said transferring funds without congressional approval would lead Congress to revoke the Defense Department’s ability to “reprogram” funds — an authority that has been in place for decades.

Fine, said Shanahan, but, “Given a legal order from the commander in chief, we are executing on that order.”

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10 Comments on "House fails to override POTUS veto of bill blocking emergency border declaration; Pentagon shifts $1 billion for wall"

  1. Well, this is good news. Common sense has prevailed in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives! Amazing! Trump wins! America wins! Trump’s emergency declaration stands! The border wall will continue to be built and will stop those Soros-orchestrated leftist caravans of illegal, unvetted, gang-infested, diseased, drug-transporting migrants from crossing into our country, draining our resources, providing votes for fraudster Democrat politicians, and committing crimes against Americans. Praise be to God, Trump, the Q team, the Pentagon, and Patriots everywhere. MAGA!

  2. Fashion First Photo | March 26, 2019 at 5:01 pm | Reply

    Hahahahahahhahahahahhahhahhahhahahahah! MAGA B*TCHES!

  3. 57 miles? Problem solved. The 45+ million are packing up and leaving now.
    Keep telling yourself that and you might even start to believe it.

  4. The Wall has been under construction for some time, along with ongoing improvements to older sections built by Democrats, of all people. Things are proceeding as planned.

    • We’ll take what wr can get. Trump will have to fight for every foot of wall and we will back him every step of the way.

  5. “…As a result, we have serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military….”

    Typical Democrat thinking…National security as a pet project. God help America if they ever take hold of power again…

  6. Show me from Missouri, USA | March 26, 2019 at 10:47 pm | Reply

    Congressmen trying to stop the wall from being built have placed themselves in the opposition to National Security, and I hope have made themselves vulnerable in re-election battles.
    AOC is trying to play the game of primarying out people who don’t agree with her agenda.
    Likely there’s going to be a similar approach in the Republican party with some of these no borders globalist people primarying themselves out.

  7. The Emperor has no clothes. Dems are desperate to illegally import as many migrants as they can to vote for them. Felons given voting rights, changing voting age to 16, driver licenses for illegals, elimination of electoral college, no ID required to vote, etc etc. As their power dissipates so will their other criminal activities such as graft, extortion, trafficking in people and drugs, and a myriad of other illegal enterprises be eliminated and stifled. The Democratic party is nothing more now than organized crime. Should be obvious by now. The Wall is just one component in the battle against organized crime by the Dems. They try to engender your support by virtue signaling, fake news, lies, deception. Wake Up!

  8. Building this “wall”only 18′ high is a joke !

  9. anti-wall, dhimmi-rat d-suckers: no one cares what you congress-crack-whores think about anything. most of you are worth less than dog-s**t.

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