Pelosi: House vote on Trump veto could help court cases

Stefani Reynolds

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued Wednesday that a vote to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution disapproving his emergency declaration at the border could help in legal cases, even if the vote itself fails as expected.

“Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point. We are establishing the intent of Congress,” Pelosi said during a press conference on immigration reform in New York.

“The president has decided to be in defiance of the Constitution, to deface it with his actions. Both houses of Congress in a bipartisan way sent him a bill that said this is how we will address border security. He had to sign the bill to keep government open,” she added.

{mosads}Pelosi argued that such a vote could help critics of Trump’s border declaration “in the court of law and in the court of public opinion.” She did not mention any court cases specifically.

Trump’s order has prompted various legal challenges, with a coalition of 16 states among those suing to block the move.

Trump issued a veto on Friday — the first of his presidency — after 12 GOP senators joined with all Democrats in passing the measure to overturn the president’s emergency declaration. The House similarly passed a measure late last month.

The president had urged GOP senators ahead of the vote last week to oppose the measure, but many lawmakers raised concerns that Trump was overstepping with his declaration to shift around money for a border wall given Congress’s power to appropriate funding.

Neither chamber is expected to be able to muster the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn a veto. Still, Pelosi said Wednesday that the Democratic-led House plans to attempt to take action to override the veto shortly after members return from recess next week.

“[Trump] defied the Constitution with his action. Congress has overridden that. He did veto it. But establishing the intent of Congress will help us in the court of law and in the court of public opinion,” she said.

“Twelve Republican senators said no to the president when he wanted to usurp the Constitution of the United States. We didn’t have it this week because we are in district work period. … As soon as we come back on Tuesday, we will bring up that legislation,” she added.

Just 13 House Republicans voted alongside Democrats on the joint resolution admonishing the national emergency declaration in February, and swaying additional GOP members will prove to be a difficult task for Democrats.

The measure is slated to come to the floor on March 26.

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