Senate Republicans Push Plan to Maintain National Emergency at Border

Senate Republicans Push Plan to Maintain National Emergency at Border

Senate Republicans Push Plan to Maintain National Emergency at Border

It also left Republican senators facing a painful choice: defy a president who commands loyalty from conservative voters or acquiesce to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and unsafe expansion of presidential authority.

The votes on the Yemen resolution and the emergency declaration represent some of the strongest backlash the President has weathered from his own party yet.

In addition to possibly preserving Trump's current wall-funding emergency declaration, it's also questionable how much Lee's legislation would limit the future ability of any president to declare national emergencies.

But during the GOP lunch, Trump called Sen. "Well, that's appropriate right now". Lee said the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which gives the president power to declare emergencies without Congress, allows the executive to act "like a king". Had he done so, they thought, it would be easier for reluctant GOP senators to support the emergency Trump has proclaimed to steer $3.6 billion more than Congress has approved for barrier construction.

He told reporters that he has told GOP senators to "vote any way you want". John Cornyn, R-Texas, who advises GOP leaders.

"I think that is the legislative process".

Trump made clear he was not backing away from his border emergency.

For some Republicans, a major stumbling block is setting a precedent that could be used by a future Democratic president to evade the will of Congress.

"I think they're both important constitutional issues", Paul said Thursday.

Besides Lee, four have said they would vote no: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky - somewhere between seven and 15 Republicans remain conflicted on the disapproval resolution, according to a senior Republican aide familiar with the discussions.

Schakowsky said, "We need to get rid of Donald Trump and I don't think impeaching in the House is going to do it and so we need to do it by the 2020 election".

Although four Republican senators have already announced they will vote to nullify the president's emergency declaration, one of them - Sen. 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. The official was not authorized to publicly private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The senator cautioned that Trump's position may still change - "It is only Wednesday, and it is the Trump administration". Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday.

Even so, there was little doubt among GOP senators that Thursday's vote would turn out badly for the party.

There is has been recent chatter that there could be enough Senate Republican opposition to nix the measure, which was passed as part of a Trump strategy to fund his long-promised border wall.

The vice president's signage has been removed, NPR reported. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same goal.

"A vote against the president's national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that's happening at our southern border". Democrats noted that America's border deficiencies have been debated for decades, and in making the declaration, Trump himself said he "didn't have to do it".

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