Compromise could win over GOP senators opposing Pres. Trump's order

Compromise could win over GOP senators opposing Pres. Trump's order

For weeks, Republican senators have been working behind the scenes to try to convince the White House to use other means to build the President's border wall, including trying to draft a resolution that would have encouraged the White House to find money for the wall through less controversial appropriations transfers rather than the emergency declaration.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a briefing on "drug trafficking on the southern border" in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2019.

Key to quelling the GOP revolt is legislation drafted by Sen.

Soon afterward, Lee issued a statement saying he'd support the resolution blocking the border emergency.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, "One could imagine a President who committed a felony and the House simply decided, for the good of the country, it wasn't an important felony, it was just a mistake, it's something we can deal with after a presidential term". "The president didn't appear interested". And Republicans will not be able to vote to limit national emergencies later, to give themselves political protection from Thursday's vote. "No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States".

"Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch", Lee said. "While there was attention on the issue I had hoped the ARTICLE ONE Act could begin to take that power back".

Fortunately, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) may have given these lawmakers an out. Thom Tillis, N.C., - publicly indicated Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Mike Pence that he could change his position if a version of Lee's legislation is set to be passed.

His defection alone could be enough to sink the House's resolution.




That outcome now looks less likely, although several senators declined to predict Wednesday whether the disapproval resolution would in fact pass.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters again Wednesday that he "made his decision some time ago" but would not announce it until "probably" right before the vote. Portman hasn't said how he'll vote Thursday when the House resolution comes before the Senate.

"These will be the first two vetoes coming in rapid succession".

Congress does not have the votes to override Trump's veto. But aides expected that the vote on the resolution of disapproval on the national emergency declaration could peel off anywhere from 10 to 15 Republicans, a sizable chunk. He also said in a tweet that Republican senators should vote for "Border Security/No Crime".

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.

Many Senate Republicans had started to align behind Lee's measure, which would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it.

Since assuming the speakership in January, Pelosi has said that clear evidence and bipartisan support were needed for impeachment, despite the persistent efforts of Democratic colleagues and her own personal misgivings about Trump's fitness for office. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same objective.

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