President Donald Trump rejected a bill Friday that would end the national emergency he declared at the southern U.S. border.
The president’s veto is his first since he entered the White House. While the Democratic-held House will likely try to override his opposition, neither chamber of Congress appears to have enough support to reach the two-thirds majority needed.
The GOP-controlled Senate dealt a blow to Trump on Thursday, when 12 Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to terminate his emergency declaration.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” he said before he rejected the measure. He called the resolution passed by Congress “reckless.”
More than a dozen states and several outside groups have filed lawsuits challenging his executive action.
The wall will not go away as a political issue. Trump set up another fight with Democrats when he asked for an additional $8.6 billion for border barriers in his recently released fiscal 2020 budget.