WASHINGTON (WOOD) — Next week, Congress will take up another effort to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on an effort to override Trump’s veto of an early congressional resolution to end his emergency declaration.
Congressman Fred Upton was one of 13 House Republicans who voted for the resolution. He also plans to vote in favor of overriding the president’s veto.
Upton says he supports a physical barrier and border security, but the Constitution must also be upheld. He thinks the president’s move violates the separation of powers.
Even though he concedes the override attempt is likely to fail, Upton says he will support it.
“We’ve said ‘No, this is not the right way to govern and sets a bad precedent.’ You’re right in your judgment in that when the vote occurs on Tuesday, we will not have the votes to override in the House,” Upton said. “We’ll have probably about 250 (votes) so we’ll be about 40 votes short, but then it’s going to go to the courts.”
Upton says Congress has the power to appropriate funds — not the president. He says he and his colleagues will work to rewrite the Emergency Powers Act to require some congressional oversight and approval for future declarations.