Trump is rebuked on military base project cuts, but a veto looms

President Trump tours a section of the southern border wall on Sept. 18 in Otay Mesa, Calif.
President Trump tours the border wall in Otay Mesa, Calif., on Sept. 18 with L.t Gen. Todd Semonite; Mark Morgan, acting CBP commissioner; and, far right, acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
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The Senate has passed a measure that blocks President Trump from using emergency powers to raid the budget for construction projects on military bases as a way to pay for building his fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Eleven Republicans voted to rebuke the president in a 54-41 vote. The Democratic-controlled House is likely to pass the measure, but it’s doomed to be vetoed by Trump.

Trump vetoed an identical measure in March, and the White House promises he’ll veto this one, too.


Wednesday’s vote follows the recent release by the administration of a list of 127 military construction projects totaling $3.6 billion that will be canceled in order to pay for the border wall. Democrats opposed to Trump’s moves didn’t pick up any additional GOP supporters this time.