Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

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

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

Nevertheless, Healy says that Lee's bill is a good first step toward reigning in presidential emergency declarations.

"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said. The resolution now goes to the House, which approved a very similar measure earlier this year, to be passed again.

Many Republicans have expressed unease over the national emergency declaration, noting the U.S. Constitution grants Congress authority over spending matters. But many of of them have constitutional issues with the move and are anxious that his attempt to seize funds they appropriated to other military projects for his long-sought border wall could undercut projects they deem important. "We have a MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY at our Border and the People of our Country know it very well!"

Even so, there was little doubt among GOP senators about what would happen in the showdown vote. Senate passage of the resolution rejecting the border emergency would send it to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.

The White House argued Mexico is paying for the wall indirectly as a result of the expected economic benefits from a new free trade agreement negotiated between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Trump was referring to an interview published Monday in the Washington Post Magazine in which Pelosi, who returned to power after Democrats won decisively in last year's midterms, said, "I'm not for impeachment".

GOP senators are hoping that if Trump endorses that bill, more Republicans would oppose a separate resolution, set for a vote Thursday, that would block the border emergency he proclaimed last month.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has pushed the administration for days on its legal rationale for declaring the national emergency, said Tuesday that he has started getting the information from White House officials. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky have all publicly announced their support for the resolution of disapproval, with more Republicans privately wrestling with their votes.

Lee's so-called Article One Act could give political leverage to Republicans who believe the executive branch has too much power, but don't want to cross Trump by voting in favor of a bill blocking his border emergency declaration.

Tillis said Wednesday that his vote was "still a work in progress", citing continuing discussions.

An administration official said Wednesday that the White House is skeptical there will be enough votes to head off a Senate defeat Thursday and is reluctant to back limits on future declarations unless a victory on the resolution is assured. Congress can vote to block a declaration, but the two-thirds majorities required to overcome presidential vetoes make it hard for lawmakers to prevail.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said her boss backs the bill because he "supports narrowing the scope of the National Emergencies Act so that Congress will have more control over these decisions in the future". But the bill is just one day away from receiving a vote, and Lee's offer was the only one out there that looked to give the president an out.

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