White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

It also left Republican senators facing a painful choice: defy a president who commands loyalty from conservative voters or acquiesce to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and risky expansion of presidential authority.

Lee told a reporter for The Hill that he'll vote for the disapproval resolution.

"I said: 'Why don't you use this for impeachment?'" Trump said he asked Pelosi. "Well, that's appropriate right now". Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina that would limit the President's future ability to issue national emergencies.

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.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal private conversations.

"It's over", one GOP senator told CNN of efforts to find a compromise to give senators concerned about the declaration an off-ramp.

Lee said in a statement that he will now back the resolution canceling the border emergency because his own bill now lacks "an immediate path forward".

GOP senators are hoping that if Trump endorses that bill, more Republicans would oppose a separate resolution, set for a vote Thursday, that would block the border emergency he proclaimed last month.

"I think that so many of us here want to see the tax returns", she said. 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.

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".

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

Steyer said Pelosi's position is weak and called on congressional Democrats to stand up and fight for Trump's removal. "I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration".

The vote is scheduled for Thursday.

Even so, there was little doubt among GOP senators about what would happen in the showdown vote.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune of South Dakota said that even if Trump agreed to back the Article One Act, it likely wouldn't prevent the disapproval resolution from passing.

The vice president's signage has been removed, NPR reported.

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

The Democratically-led House of Representatives already approved the measure, which is expected to trigger the first veto of Trump's presidency should it reach his desk.

Under a four-decade old law, presidents have wide leeway in declaring a national emergency. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. Some Republicans think Trump went too far in declaring an emergency, but they also are eager to avoid defying a president popular with conservative voters.

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.

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