Senate GOP effort on Trump border wall seems to crash

Senate GOP effort on Trump border wall seems to crash

Senate GOP effort on Trump border wall seems to crash

Pelosi and other House Democrats have argued that Trump's emergency declaration, which he is using as a way to spend more on barriers at the border than Congress has authorized, violates the Constitution. John Kennedy, R-La., recalling a favorite refrain of Monday Night Football announcers when a game was out of reach.

The Senate's 47-member Democratic caucus is unified in support of the disapproval resolution, so just four Republican defections would give the measure the majority needed to pass.

But without Trump's support, it's unclear that Lee's legislation will give GOP senators the comfort level they are looking for to back the president on the emergency declaration.

The legislation, proposed by Sen.

Republicans who oppose the national emergency are anxious that future Democratic presidents could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the tactic to pass their own pet programs.

"They're being beaten up right now, so if you see anybody that's got blood dripping out of their ear, they may be changing", Paul said Tuesday of Republican senators who remained undecided.

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"For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch". 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.

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.

Four Republicans have publicly indicated that they will vote for the resolution rejecting the emergency declaration.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, "One could imagine a President who committed a felony and the House simply decided, for the good of the country, it wasn't an important felony, it was just a mistake, it's something we can deal with after a presidential term". Congress can vote to block a declaration, but the two-thirds majorities required to overcome presidential vetoes make it hard for lawmakers to prevail.

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred. That vote could well occur after Congress returns from a recess later this month. It would apply to future emergencies, but not Trump's current border emergency unless he seeks to renew it next year. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that 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. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same objective.

The strongest chance of blocking Trump's border emergency is likely several lawsuits filed by Democratic state attorneys general, environmental groups and others.

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