House committee has a firm no for defense secretary’s plan to send $1 billion to build Trump’s wall

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is going to have to reckon with House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith before he follows through on taking $1 billion in military funding from the projects for which it was intended in order to build 57 miles of border wall. 

“The committee denies this request,” Smith says in a letter to the Defense Department. “The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct additional physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United States border.”

In addition to congressional Democrats (and some Republicans) opposing the transfer of money from military construction projects, the border wall will face some tough legal challenges.

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Trump’s fake national emergency to get House veto-override vote

Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration and the Democratic Congress forced him to sign his first veto after more than two years in office. Now, Tuesday, the House will vote on overriding that veto—but is expected to fall short.

The original House vote on the resolution blocking Trump’s fake emergency was 245-182, with 13 Republicans joining every Democrat. That’s short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, though. Thirty more Republicans would have to join Democrats for the override to pass and head to the Senate.

Strikingly, 12 Senate Republicans had voted for the anti-emergency resolution—so only about one in 15 House Republicans, as opposed to one in four Senate Republicans.

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