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Republican Plan To Stop Senate Showdown Hits A Snag

14 March 2019, 12:53 | Glen Norman

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on drug trafficking at the southern border in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday

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 national emergency at the southern border in order to secure funds without congressional approval to build a border wall.

The president says GOP senators "are overthinking" the expected Thursday vote and he tweets that it should be thought of as "very simply Border Security/No Crime".

Already approved by the House of Representatives, the resolution to terminate the declaration has sufficient support in the Senate to be passed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week.

Bottom line: The effort to reach an agreement has fallen short up to this point, and all signs still point to major defections come Thursday's vote.

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Opposition by a few Republican senators to President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the U.S. -Mexico border appears to be softening. "The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass".

But approval of the resolution would highlight a clash in which Trump was being forced to protect his signature campaign promise by vetoing legislation sent to him by a Republican-led Senate.

"If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame", said a statement from Lee. After that meeting, one of the four Republican senators who previously backed the House resolution - North Carolina's Thom Tillis - said a deal to revise the National Emergencies Act could change his stance.

If the Senate sends the resolution blocking Trump's border emergency to the White House, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

"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.

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That would give Republicans who are uneasy about the constitutionality of the February 15 declaration - yet nervous about publicly rebuking Trump - some political cover to side with the president.

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 White House wants to extend the 30-day period, perhaps to 30 days when Congress is in session, said one GOP aide familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe closed-door talks. Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration.

Brown said he doesn't object to finding a "long term answer", to keep presidents from declaring emergencies in non-emergency situations, but said he didn't know of any cases where past presidents abused the law. That vote could well occur after Congress returns from a recess later this month.

He said the proposed measure would apply "prospectively", not to Trump's current border emergency.

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