Key Vote on Trump's Veto to Overshadow Netanyahu's AIPAC Speech

Congress will make its first attempt to override a veto by the president on the same day Israel's prime minister speaks at the annual conference in D.C.

File photo: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2016.
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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a high-stakes vote on President Donald Trump's "border emergency declaration" on the same day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before the AIPAC conference.

The vote, which will be the first time Congress moves to override a presidential veto under Trump, will take place on March 26.

Also Friday, Trump vetoed a congressional resolution blocking his decision last month to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border and devote billions of dollars to his plan to construct a border wall.

The resolution won support from both Democrats and Republicans, leading to its passage in both the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Pelosi said in a statement that on March 26, "The House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President's emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto." At this point, it appears far from likely there will be a two-thirds majority in either chamber in favor of overriding the presidential veto.

The vote will likely overshadow any other political stories in the days preceding it, including the speeches at AIPAC — which will include Netanyahu, his main political challenger Benny Gantz, Vice President Mike Pence and political leaders from both parties in Congress, including Pelosi herself.

Netanyahu's speech on the very day of the House vote will probably generate little interest in the U.S. media as a result of the political drama — although that's less important for the premier, as his main goal is to receive heavy coverage of his speech in the Israeli media.