President Trump issues first veto of presidency

President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday when he blocked Congress’ resolution of disapproval of his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump declared the national emergency on February 15 after Congress did not meet his request for border wall funding in a government funding deal.
 
The resolution of disapproval passed the House February 26 in a 245-182 vote. All 232 Democrats who voted and 13 Republicans supported the resolution, while 182 Republicans opposed it. The resolution passed the Senate March 14 in a 59-41 vote. All 47 Democrats and 12 Republicans supported the resolution, and 41 Republicans opposed it.
 
The Constitution allows Congress to override presidential vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each chamber. If all members participate, the House would need 290 votes and the Senate would need 67 votes to override Trump’s veto.
 
Trump’s veto was the 2,575th in U.S. history. Of those vetoes, 111 have been overridden by Congress.
 
The two previous presidents—George W. Bush (R) and Barack Obama (D)—issued 12 vetoes each. President Franklin Roosevelt had the most vetoes with 635. Seven presidents–John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Q. Adams, William H. Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, and James A. Garfield–did not issue any vetoes.



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