New York Republican backs bill to block Trump’s emergency declaration

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US Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York joined 14 other Republican lawmakers Tuesday who voted in favor of overturning President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border.

The House voted 245-182 to block the president’s move, which came after Congress agreed to appropriate roughly $1.3 billion dollars for border security — far less than the $5.7 billion Trump had wanted.

Stefanik said that while is a “strong supporter” of securing the border, the president’s decision to reallocate funding from military construction projects is the “wrong decision.”

“As a Constitutional conservative, I consistently criticized President Obama’s executive overreach. No matter what Party is represented in the White House, I will stand up against executive action that circumvents Congress. I will continue to negotiate in good faith to fully fund securing the border, and I urge my Democrat colleagues to commit to doing the same,” she said.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s planning a vote within the next three weeks.   “I personally couldn’t handicap the outcome at this point,” McConnell said.

The President’s move to declare an emergency, came after he accepted roughly $1.3billion dollars from Congress for border security.  Trump said he will veto the resolution in a move that would mark the first time he has exercised a veto during his presidency.

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