US House to vote to override Donald Trump veto

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto, a vote that seems certain to fail and would let stand his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. That fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a vocal critic of the president who is leading the multi-state lawsuit against the emergency declaration, vowed to continue his legal challenge to the administration.

The vote came after Sunday's massive win for the president when Attorney General William Barr announced that Mueller hadn't found evidence that the president or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the 2016 election.

With his declaration, Trump is looking to steer billions of dollars from agency budgets like the Pentagon's to finance the wall.

Trump, who campaigned heavily on hard-line immigration rhetoric, said he has the authority to declare a national emergency under a 1976 law. Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting to override Trump's veto.

This month, the GOP-led Senate rebuked Trump with a 59-41 vote blocking his declaration after the failure of a Republican effort to reach a compromise with the White House.

"Even though the two issues clearly aren't related, it increases the president's strength and popularity and puts him in a stronger position", Republican Representative Tom Cole said before the House vote.

The US department of defense has announced, at the same meantime, it has transferred $1 billion for constructing 57 miles of the president's wall drawing instant criticism from Democrats.

His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers.

Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio of OR says money shouldn't be spent on Trump's "stupid, static wall". He warned that if lawmakers allow it to happen, future presidents of both parties will have great power to ignore Congress.

"In cataloging the president's actions, many of which took place in public view", Barr wrote, "the (Mueller) report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent".

But on Tuesday many House Republicans defended the president, saying there is an ongoing crisis at the Southern border.

Congress voted to provide less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction.

The Democratic-sponsored resolution to end the president's declaration, spearheaded by Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, had passed in both the Senate and House with some Republican support, but it was vetoed by the president earlier this month.

Congress sent Trump a resolution this month annulling the national emergency that Trump had declared at the US-Mexico border.

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