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President Trump has threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico in response to a large number of illegal crossings. A closure would likely hit a wide range of industries, from produce to autos.
The vote means the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars to construct a Southwest border wall. The fight shifts to federal court, where several states sued to block the president.
The money nearly doubles the $1.3 billion Congress authorized for border wall funding — a move made possible after President Trump declared a national emergency.
President Trump used his veto pen for the first time Friday. GOP senators who bucked the president in Thursday’s vote said they did so to preserve congressional control over government spending.
The resolution sets up the likely first veto confrontation between Congress and the White House since President Trump took office.
The president is prepared to veto any congressional resolutions of disapproval on his declaration of a national emergency over border security, White House adviser Stephen Miller says.
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET President Trump will support a border security funding compromise reached by a group of bipartisan lawmakers, averting a partial government shutdown early Saturday — but he also will declare a national emergency in order to build the wall he’s pushed for along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,… Read More
The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to provide additional active-duty troops on the Southern border. They will upgrade or add 160 miles of fencing in Arizona and California.