Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s comments could stiffen spines at the White House, where Mr. Trump is pondering whether to use emergency powers to construct more border fencing, if he doesn’t win funding from Congress.
If the president did use emergency powers Congress could attempt to overturn it, by voting for a resolution of disapproval. That would require majority votes in either chamber — but Mr. Trump would then likely veto it, and Congress would then have to muster two-thirds of each chamber to override the veto and prevail.
Mr. McCarthy said that won’t happen.
“I don’t see any way that would get overridden,” the congressman told reporters.
Faced with that obstacle, the administration has investigated and concluded it could go around Congress and reprogram Defense Department money to go to border construction.
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