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

Current law requires Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval to block emergency declarations it deems inappropriate.

Republicans hoped Trump would support a separate measure curbing a president's powers to declare future emergencies.

But during the GOP lunch, Trump called Sen.

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

That would mark a dramatic change in fortunes for Trump, who had been on track for an embarrassing defeat later this week in the GOP-controlled Senate in a confrontation with Congress over Trump's border wall.

"Lee said he talked to the president and the president's now not supportive of what he wants", said one GOP senator.

"Every single Democrat running for president should be made to answer: do they agree with the Speaker who stands in opposition to baseless impeachment charges, or will they risk fracturing the country by bowing to the radical elements in their party who want to disenfranchise the American people and overturn the legitimate and lawful result of the last election?" Framing the vote that way seemed to be a message all but aimed directly at undecided GOP senators facing re-election races next year, of whom there are several.

Although four Republican senators have already announced they will vote to nullify the president's emergency declaration, one of them - Sen. It is very simply Border Security/No Crime - Should not be thought of any other way. On Wednesday, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas told reporters Pence's offers "are probably worthless" while Lee said "we should know very soon" if Trump will support the bill.

Even so, there was little doubt among GOP senators about what would happen in the showdown vote.

A handful of Senate Republicans have committed to joining a unified Democratic caucus in rejecting the emergency declaration, all but assuring the disapproval measure's passage in a chamber where Republicans have a narrow 53-47 majority.

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The White House has been trying to avert defeat.

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.

The question of whether to impeach or not impeach caught fire this week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to put the brakes on impeachment proceedings in the immediate future.

Republicans are on the verge of their second high-stakes votes this week that will test their allegiance to President Donald Trump and force the party to reckon with how far it is willing to let executive power reach.

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. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Tillis faces a potentially tough re-election fight next year.

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

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred.

Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

"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".

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