Senate Looks Poised To Reject Trump's Emergency Declaration

Sen. Roger Wicker votes against Trump’s border emergency

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A majority of Republicans, or 50 percent, said that they would remain "much more likely" to vote for a Republican lawmaker who backed Trump's national emergency, 20 percent of GOP voters said that they would "somewhat more likely" back a member of Congress if they backed the emergency, while only 11 percent of Republican voters said it would make it less likely for them to vote for a member of Congress if they supported Trump's national emergency.

If Trump's border emergency stands, he could divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for such construction. If Trump would commit to signing a bill handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might support his border emergency declaration in Thursday's crucial vote. The Senate is also poised to vote on Wednesday on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen ― legislation that the White House has threatened to veto.

His Wednesday schedule, released to the press, shows he is set to receive a series of policy briefings followed by a meeting with Republican senators and a photo with the new White House interns.

Still, it would call attention to congressional opposition to one of his chief campaign pledges: building the wall.

The U.S. Congress is on the verge of issuing a sharp rebuke to Trump over his declaration of an emergency at the border.

The White House is privately negotiating with Senate Republicans who want to rein in the emergency powers of President Trump and his successors - which could lead to the surprise defeat of a Democratic resolution rejecting Trump's emergency declaration at the border. The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto.

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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.

Schakowsky said, "We need to get rid of Donald Trump and I don't think impeaching in the House is going to do it and so we need to do it by the 2020 election".

GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and others are trying to work out a compromise with the White House over future emergencies.

Earlier Wednesday, in another blow to Lee's efforts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that her chamber would not consider Senate legislation to rein in presidential powers, characterizing it as an attempt to give Trump "a pass" on violating the Constitution. The White House, so far, has declined to provide that commitment. 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?"

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

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