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Trump's emergency border declaration survives yet another Senate vote to kill it

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border has survived another congressional attack, as the Senate failed to override his veto of a resolution to block it. The final vote was 53-46, well short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the president’s pen.

Most of those against the president’s declaration were Democrats, but 10 Republicans also voted in favor of the override: Roy Blunt, Mo.; Susan Collins, Maine; Mike Lee, Utah; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Rand Paul, Ky.; Rob Portman, Ohio; Mitt Romney, Utah; Marco Rubio, Fla.; Pat Toomey, Penn.; Roger Wicker, Miss.

Both the House and Senate voted to end the emergency declaration in September, which allows the White House to redirect defense dollars in order to fund physical security measures along the southern border. Congress also voted to end the declaration back in March, but was similarly unable to override the veto. Under the National Emergencies Act, Democrats are able to force votes to terminate declarations every six months.

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