PressTV-US House votes to revoke Trump’s emergency declaration

Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have voted to revoke President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over building a US-Mexico border wall despite veto threats by the White House.

The Democratic-controlled chamber blocked on Tuesday Trump’s emergency declaration by a margin of 245-182, however, falling short of overriding the possibility a presidential veto.

Thirteen Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in voting to “terminate” Trump’s emergency declaration, which the Republican president issued on February 15 after failing to secure the $5.6 billion needed to fund the construction of the border wall through congressional negotiations.

Under the emergency, the US president would appropriate a total of $8 billion previously approved by Congress for other purposes, notably the Pentagon budget for military construction projects.

The Tuesday vote dealt a blow to the American head of state by preventing him from…

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