Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

The Senate is require to vote on the resolution by Friday.

Four Republican senators previously said they back the House measure, and all their votes are needed to pass it, along with all 45 Democrats and two independents.

He told The Republican last week that his committee is still working with congressional counsel on how to correctly seek the president's tax returns, despite another U.S. House panel's recent move to request a trove of documents from the White House, Trump administration officials and others. "Maybe they have actually come to the conclusion that blindly following (Trump is) probably not great politics", said Sen.

In a statement issued later, the Utah senator said, "Unfortunately, it appears the bill does not have an immediate path forward, so I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration".

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.

"There's been numerous efforts to engage with the vice president and the president, and the president's not persuaded that he should support it right now", said Sen. 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. He also said in a tweet that Republican senators should vote for "Border Security/No Crime". 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. 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 that Thursday's vote would turn out badly for the party.

"We'll see whether or not I have to do the veto", Trump said Wednesday at an event at the White House. "A lot of people are trying to think of a way to express their support for the president, but at the same time express their concern" about executive overreach, he said.

President Donald Trump and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) agree, at least for now: He shouldn't be impeached. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky have all publicly announced their support for the resolution of disapproval, with more Republicans privately wrestling with their votes. Tillis faces a potentially tough re-election fight next year.

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.

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

An administration official said the White House is skeptical there will be enough votes to head off a Senate defeat and is reluctant to back limits on future declarations unless a victory on the resolution is assured.

Trump made his views known in a phone call with Lee, as the conservative senator lunched with fellow Republicans at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe it.

Under a four-decade old law, presidents have wide leeway in declaring a national emergency.

Congress does not have the votes to override Trump's veto.

He said the proposed measure would apply "prospectively", not to Trump's current border emergency.

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