Senate Expected to Disapprove Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

US President Donald Trump waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting

US President Donald Trump waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting

If passed into law, Lee's bill could impact Trump's national border emergency in the future, since ongoing national emergency declarations must be reaffirmed annually.

Pelosi's statement Wednesday, though, tells the Republican senators their efforts are moot because she won't bring the Article One Act up for a vote in the House.

Barring a last-minute deal on some other face-saving measure, up to a dozen Republicans could join all Senate Democrats in voting to send the disapproval resolution to Trump's desk, setting up the first veto of his presidency.

"They are looking for an opportunity to look like they're independent, but they're not addressing this issue right now of the President's emergency", said Brown.

Tillis and three other GOP senators have said they would vote with Democrats to support the resolution blocking Trump's border emergency - enough to assure its passage, assuming all Democrats vote "yes" as expected.

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"After Pelosi's comments, Republicans countered, asking why Democrats would have issued 81 document requests to people associated with President Trump if they're not already planning on impeachment". The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto. Other Republican senators who back the resolution are Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Maine's Susan Collins and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said.

That would give Republicans who are uneasy about the constitutionality of the February 15 declaration - yet nervous about publicly rebuking Trump - some political cover to side with the president.

A national emergency declaration empowers a president to redirect federal funds in response to a sudden and grave crisis. "There's still a significant number, but there's a lot of people being bruised and bullied". The bill would also give Congress the power to limit or amend the scope of any emergency declaration, and require the president to report how exactly his emergency powers are being put to use.

Tillis - who Republican senators and aides broadly believe is flippable - told reporters after the meeting that the discussions with the administration remain a "work in progress".

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Meanwhile, the White House has stepped up its engagement with Republican senators in other ways. That has been "helpful", said Lankford, who added that he plans to oppose the disapproval measure.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said, "I don't know".

What we are witnessing here is the early stages of a public relations battle to convince a solid majority of Americans that Trump ought to be impeached, assuming the investigations yield real evidence in support of impeachment.

Trump declared an emergency last month to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers after Congress voted to provide him with less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction. Many Republican senators view the emergency declaration as a breach of the constitutional separation of powers that gives Congress authority over government spending. 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.

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