GOP Senators ‘Overthinking’ Vote on Our ‘MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY’

GOP Senators ‘Overthinking’ Vote on Our ‘MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY’

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.

Trump declared the border emergency after Congress refused to give him as much money as he wanted for his wall.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump appears headed for an embarrassing reprimand from members of his own party on Thursday, when the Senate is to vote on a resolution disapproving of his declaration of emergency over the border.

That would be enough to kill the resolution in the Senate, provided no other GOP senators oppose Trump's declaration or alter their position.

Any vote to revise the emergency law is expected to be independent of the vote on the disapproval resolution, which has already passed the House and is expected to be put to a vote Thursday in the Senate.

The White House labored Tuesday to prevent a high-profile congressional rejection of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, or at least reduce the number of Republican senators joining Democrats to thwart him.

By late Tuesday, there were indications that GOP opposition to Trump's emergency along the Mexican border was softening. "The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass", Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement.

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Congress does not have the votes to override Trump's veto. One said Tillis told his colleagues he could change his vote if Trump was indeed ready to curb presidential powers to declare emergencies without Congress' approval. 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.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), a constitutional lawyer and a freshman senator, came out in favor of President Trump's move to secure the border through the National Emergencies Act.

"We're going to have a news conference at the border over the next three weeks", Trump told reporters at a briefing at the White House on drug trafficking. The White House, so far, has declined to provide that commitment.

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. Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration.

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

Tillis requested Pence's meeting with senators, and Pence largely was there to listen, an administration official said.

The Trump campaign quickly spoke out on Pelosi's comments and argued that Democrats running for office should be asked if they think the president should be impeached.

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