National Emergency Overturn Vote Failed
Speaker Pelosi’s House of Representatives failed earlier today to overturn the President’s veto on the National Emergency declaration. The House Democrats did not gain enough support from Congressional Republicans. They needed to get above the two-thirds majority in order to override the veto.
Democrats in the House have a lesson to learn.
The final vote was 248-181. There were not enough votes to break two-thirds of the House. In the event that it did pass, it is even more unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate would come anywhere close to passing it and overturning the President.
Republican Senators, in the spirit of the Senate being more bi-partisan than the House, would likely have been more open to joining the Senate Democrats in overturning the Veto as they originally did earlier this month.
Republicans who voted with the Democrats in this will likely face
Bipartasianship Needed to Pass Bills
Democrats in the House have a lesson to learn before they can accomplish anything. They will have to learn the lessons that the Senate has long taught. You need the minority’s support in order to pass legislation. The House is, by design, easier to get bills through, seeing as how you only need your party with a simple majority to pass it. When the opposing party controls the Senate, you must begin working across the aisle. This is the only way to make progress. You must do this before handing over a hot partisan bill to the Senate. Otherwise, it will cool down or die.
This comes as the House Armed Services Chairman is attempting to block $1 Billion of Pentagon funds being transferred towards the Presidents Border wall.
The battle over the President’s National Emergency Declaration, along with the Pentagon funds, is likely to now take place in the Courts instead of the Congress, as the divided Government is locked in a standstill.