Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

The alternative bill would allow wavering Republicans to vote for a resolution that would bind a president's future powers to declare a national emergency. The Senate is also poised to vote on Wednesday on ending USA support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen ― legislation that the White House has threatened to veto.

The Republicans who have publicly said they will vote for the resolution include Sens.

President Donald Trump went on the defensive (again) on Wednesday in (another) early-morning Twitter spree after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said he was not "worth" impeachment proceedings unless the evidence against him was "overwhelming and bipartisan".

The U.S. Congress is on the verge of issuing a sharp rebuke to Trump over his declaration of an emergency at the border. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump, Senate passage would send the resolution to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.

But approval of the resolution would highlight a clash in which Trump was being forced to protect his signature campaign promise by vetoing legislation sent to him by a Republican-led Senate. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Tuesday, would make national emergency declarations by the president subject to congressional approval every 30 days. "While we have impeachment authority, we need to be very cognizant of what the American people believe, and I agree with the speaker, that the probability of success is low, and the distraction would be major".

She said he had a "robust discussion" about the emergency declaration with Pence on Tuesday, and will decide how to vote on the resolution to overturn it before Thursday's vote.

GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Todd Young of IN were also IN discussions with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of future presidents to declare national emergencies. The White House nonetheless views the chaos as a mess of senators' own making, one senior administration official said.

Brown said he doesn't object to finding a "long term answer", to keep presidents from declaring emergencies in non-emergency situations, but said he didn't know of any cases where past presidents abused the law.

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.

A Senate vote is expected Thursday on a measure to reject Trump's emergency declaration, which he's using to get access to billions of dollars for building border barriers. Although he said Trump has the power for his current declaration, McConnell said Republican senators were now questioning: "Was it too broad back in the '70s when it was passed?"

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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