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U.S. House fails to override Trump's veto of congressional block of his emergency declaration

Christian Fernsby |
The U.S. House of Representatives failed on Tuesday to override President Donald Trump's veto of a congressional resolution blocking his declaration of a national emergency at the nation's southern border with Mexico.

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The lower chamber, controlled by Democrats, voted 248-181, short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override.

The national emergency declaration, which Trump made last month in a bid to get funding for the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, would allow the president to shift billions of U.S. dollars from military construction projects to fulfilling his signature campaign promise.

Congress sent a resolution to the White House this month terminating the emergency declaration, which Trump vetoed almost immediately.

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