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House blocks Trump's emergency declaration

Trump says there's a border crisis and he needs more than the $1.4 billion Congress provided for barrier construction.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 5:39 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 6:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to block President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, a measure intended get him billions of extra dollars to build his border wall.

Democrats pushed the measure through the chamber by 245-182, with 13 Republicans joining them.

Passage by the GOP-led Senate seems possible next month. At least four Republican senators may back the Democrats' resolution.

Trump has formally issued his veto threat. Congress seems unlikely to amass the two-thirds majorities needed to override the veto, which would be his first. The battle makes GOP lawmakers choose between backing Trump and defending Congress' control over spending.

Trump says there's a border crisis and he needs more than the $1.4 billion Congress provided for barrier construction. Democrats say there's no crisis and Trump is trying to work around Congress.

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