Senate Looks Poised To Reject Trump's Emergency Declaration

14 March, 2019, 07:13 | Author: Donnie King
  • WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 14 Sen. Lisa Murkowski walks through the U.S. Capitol prior to the Senate voting to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration at the U.S. Capitol

And without House Democrats on board to make revisions to the law, skittish GOP senators would essentially be voting for a symbolic measure allowing them to say they support Trump on border security and also reining in the executive - just not this time.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, a Springfield Democrat and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said Monday that he's still working with House counsel to prepare his request for President Donald Trump's tax returns - even as another Democratic chairman took the first step in launching an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other corruption at the White House.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, February 15, 2019, in Washington.

Asked if Trump opposed Lee's bill and if the resolution disapproving the emergency was expected to pass, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota said, "That seems to be the state of play".

In an attempt to stave off Senate passage - an embarrassing prospect for Trump - Republican senators have been pushing an alternative measure that would instead address concerns that Trump's powers under the National Emergencies Act are too broad.

That 30-day approval window would apply after Trump's current border declaration expires in one year, meaning it could remain in place for at least one year without congressional approval.

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".

Besides Lee, four have said they would vote no: Sens.




However, the bill would need Trump's signature to become law, and Lee ostensibly hoped to exchange his support for the border declaration for Trump's promise to approve the bill limiting his powers.

"We'll see whether or not I have to do the veto", Trump said Wednesday at an event at the White House. Democrats noted that America's border deficiencies have been debated for decades, and in making the declaration, Trump himself said he "didn't have to do it".

Congress would have to pass a resolution explicitly endorsing an emergency declaration to prevent it from sunsetting.

The New York Times reports that over a dozen Republican senators have said they'd support Lee's bill. Thom Tillis (N.C.) - publicly indicated Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Pence that he could change his position if a version of Lee's legislation is set to be passed.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said, "I don't know".

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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Trump ally who has signaled that he opposes the president on both the declaration and the war in Yemen, said it's "good for the country" that lawmakers are taking steps to reassert Congress' constitutional powers of the purse and the power to declare war. 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. The Dems are 100% United, as usual, on a 20% issue, Open Borders and Crime.

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