Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain


As the White House and GOP senators sought a compromise on curbing a president's power to unilaterally declare such emergencies in the future, Pelosi said Wednesday that the House would not take up that legislation if it passed the Senate.

If Trump would agree to sign legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, it could help the White House reduce opposition among GOP senators to his border emergency declaration in Thursday's vote.

Chances seem to be improving that President Donald Trump might avoid an expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert more money to building barriers along the Mexican border.

"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover", Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Under the emergency declaration Trump signed on February 15, he would take money from other federal programs to build the barrier he says is needed to curb illegal immigration and the flow of illicit drugs.

"It's true that Mr. Clinton was not removed from office, but Republicans used the fact of his impeachment as a cudgel first against his vice president, Al Gore, and later against his wife", Reines said. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump, Senate passage would send the resolution to the White House, where it would face a certain veto. Tillis, though, said Wednesday that his vote was "still a work in progress" as talks with the White House continued. Before Wednesday, four GOP senators have announced plans to vote against Trump and for the disapproval resolution Thursday, giving it the majority support needed to pass.

Lee's announcement comes as a Morning Consult/Politico report comes out which suggests that almost three-quarters of Republican voters would more likely vote for a candidate if they backed Trump's national emergency on the border.

At a closed-door lunch Tuesday, Tillis suggested he could be open to backing the president, said two people familiar with his comments.

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"I know the concern that I have and that most Republicans have is that the Congress has ceded too much authority to the president - not just this president, but any president", said Sen.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal private conversations.

Other Republicans, such as South Carolina Republican Sen. Other Republican senators who back the resolution are Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Maine's Susan Collins and Kentucky's Rand Paul. But he now expects fewer defections.

"If they really want to take a stand, they'll vote for the resolution tomorrow and then they'll override the president's veto", said Brown.

Under a four-decade old law, presidents have wide leeway in declaring a national emergency.

Trump said "we'll see" whether he has to veto the congressional resolution ending his emergency declaration.

Many Senate Republicans have started to align behind Lee's proposal, which would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it.