The Senate makes another attempt to stop the diversion of military funds to build a border wall that has yet to be built.
Senate Votes to Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration Over U.S.-Mexico Border
The Senate voted again Wednesday to terminate President Trump's declaration of national emergency at the southern border.
Eleven Republican senators joined Democrats in voting to end the emergency declaration. The declaration, issued in February, says that the situation at the southern border is a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens U.S. national security. Mr. Trump made the declaration so that he could unilaterally build a border wall despite the fact that Congress did not appropriate the funds for him to do so. Under the declaration, President Trump diverted funding from congressionally approved military construction projects to pay for border barriers.
The measure is a bid to de-fund construction of the controversial and much-promised border wall by stopping the White House from using money originally allocated to military construction budgets. The Trump Administration began diverting such funds earlier this month.
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