U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), voted Tuesday in support of President Donald Trump’s national emergency order to fund a border wall.
Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border earlier this year to get funding for a border wall after Congress declined to provide the funding he wanted. Both chambers of Congress passed a resolution disapproving the national emergency, but Trump used his first veto on that effort. The House of Representatives fell short Tuesday of the two-thirds majority needed to override his veto, leaving his national emergency declaration intact, according to the Associated Press.
“Today House Republicans fulfilled our promise to sustain President Trump’s veto and protect his Constitutional authority to defend our country,” Burgess said in a statement. “As record numbers of people cross our southern border without the benefit of citizenship or legal status, Congress cannot deny that this situation is anything short of a national emergency. While Democrats play politics with our national security, I will stand alongside President Trump to ensure the safety of North Texans and Americans around the country.”
Burgess represents Texas’ 26th district, which includes Denton County and part of Tarrant County.
With the emergency order, Trump said he will shift $3.6 billion from military construction. Though the House failed to block the emergency declaration, construction may not begin anytime soon because of lawsuits by Democratic state attorneys general and others, according to AP.