Senate Republicans Push Plan to Maintain National Emergency at Border


The New York Times reports that over a dozen Republican senators have said they'd support Lee's bill. Had he done so, they thought, it would be easier for reluctant GOP senators to support the emergency Trump has proclaimed to steer $3.6 billion more than Congress has approved for barrier construction.

The resolutions are both privileged, which means they can not be stopped by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky.

But there have been signs that opposition by a few GOP mavericks is softening.

Senate passage of the resolution was all but ordained Wednesday after the collapse of efforts by the White House and GOP senators to reach compromise on separate legislation by Sen.

It's probably not an accident that two of the four Republican senators who are prepared to vote to terminate Trump's national emergency - Susan Collins of ME and Thom Tillis of North Carolina - are up for reelection next year.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday the House of Representatives will not consider a Republican bill to amend a federal national emergencies law after President Donald Trump used the declaration in a bid to get money for his long-promised border wall. "All that's left to do is to vote".

The disapproval resolution passed the House with a vote of 245-182 with the help of 13 Republicans.

But even a pledge from Trump to back changes to the National Emergencies Act may not be enough to avert an embarrassing defeat in the Senate, thanks in part to members of his own party, according to Sen.

"This is really a vote not on constitutionality, because it's constitutional", Trump said about Thursday's scheduled vote. Pelosi's caution towards impeachment was echoed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and other Democrats on Capitol Hill, who agreed their colleagues must remain patient until investigations have wrapped.

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

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Then-Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan gave Pence the first-floor office space in 2017, just after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The president is facing investigations on multiple fronts -- from Muller to the Southern District of NY to House Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Congress has not funded Trump's border wall requests, including under unified Republican control of the legislature, as existed for the first two years of his term in office. Maybe Republicans did notice the 2018 election.

Steyer said Pelosi's position is weak and called on congressional Democrats to stand up and fight for Trump's removal. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT who sponsored the Yemen resolution.

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".

The vote on the Yemen resolution was not overwhelmingly Republican, with just seven defections.

Pelosi's statement Wednesday, though, tells the Republican senators their efforts are moot because she won't bring the Article One Act up for a vote in the House. Lee, Tillis and Republican Sens.

Some Republicans discounted the idea that the party was being torn apart by the back-to-back votes.

"I think it's a start". Tim Scott, a Republican from SC.