Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

Four other Republican senators have publicly expressed reservations about the emergency declaration, anxious that a Democratic president could someday point to Trump's action to justify declarations of their own on matters the GOP opposes.

The president says GOP senators "are overthinking" the expected Thursday vote and he tweets that it should be thought of as "very simply Border Security/No Crime".

Tillis is among four Senate Republicans who have said they'd vote with Democrats to oppose Trump's border emergency.

Pelosi's move seemed aimed at persuading GOP senators wavering over the resolution disapproving Trump's border emergency that they would get no political protection by supporting the bill curbing future emergencies because it will never become law.

Some Democrats don't want to wait until 2020 to oust President Trump, but with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now coming out against impeachment, they're not sure what comes next. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

"If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame", said a statement from Lee.

Seventy-eight percent of voters said that a candidates' support or opposition to the national emergency would factor into the next election, which outpaces previous polls about how much the Trump tax cut legislation and Obamacare votes would factor into the 2018 midterm elections. John Cornyn, R-Texas, an adviser to Senate GOP leadership, said of the eleventh-hour White House lobbying effort.

Lee and Tillis were among five GOP senators who met privately Tuesday at the Capitol with Vice President Mike Pence as Republicans sought a way to bolster support for Trump.

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Trump tweets: "We have a MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY at our Border and the People of our Country know it very well!"

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.

Republicans have also voiced concerns about the precedent that could be set for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies on any number of issues.

The proposal would not affect the current emergency declaration at the border but would for future declarations, including those issued by Trump.

But the White House, in private, had been skeptical of the effort and has proposed some changes to lessen its impact, according to senators and other officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Under the emergency declaration Trump signed on February 15, he would take money from other federal programs to build the barrier he says is needed to curb illegal immigration and the flow of illicit drugs.

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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