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Pelosi Says Trump is Defying the Constitution with Veto

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Donald Trump continue to battle over the government shutdown and funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Donald Trump continue to battle over the government shutdown and funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. |  Photo: MGN/WDIO

Created: March 15, 2019 03:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's veto of legislation blocking the national emergency he's declared at the Mexican border shows he's defying "the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people."
    
The California Democrat says the House will vote March 26 on overriding Trump's veto. The chamber seems certain to fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to succeed. That means his emergency declaration would survive, but it still faces several legal challenges.
    
Pelosi says GOP lawmakers must "choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution."

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Trump holds the Constitution "in minimal regard."

The American Civil Liberties Union says President Trump's veto is meaningless.

Anthony Romero, the ACLU's executive director, says the courts will be the ultimate arbiter of the declaration's legality.
    
The ACLU filed a lawsuit last month challenging the declaration on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition.
    
Public Citizen is another group that has taken legal action. Robert Weissman, the group's president, says "the autocratic Donald Trump shows his true colors yet again."
    
But Weissman says bipartisan rejection of the president's declaration will make it harder for him to declare "future fake emergencies for nefarious ends."
    
The emergency declaration allows Trump to divert $3.6 billion more than Congress approved to build border barriers. The Constitution gives Congress control over spending.
    
Trump vetoed the measure Friday.
    
 

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