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Compromise seeks to limit president's emergency declarations

14 Марта 2019

But Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky says a House vote is futile.

Vice President Mike Pence, center, accompanied by his Chief of Staff Marc Short, second from left, leaves the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Republicans control the Senate 53-47, meaning that four GOP defections would be enough to send the resolution blocking Trump's border emergency to the White House.

One of the other Republicans in opposition, however - Thom Tillis, R-N.C. - had indicated his vote could be in play depending on the outcome of the Lee legislation. But it could force Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency - and could mark a rare occasion where a significant number of Senate Republicans are willing to go on record to vote against Trump. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky - somewhere between seven and 15 Republicans remain conflicted on the disapproval resolution, according to a senior Republican aide familiar with the discussions.

The senator cautioned that Trump's position may still change - "It is only Wednesday, and it is the Trump administration".

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is among a handful of Republicans who have yet to announce how they'll vote. If Trump would commit to signing a bill that would handcuff future emergency declarations, some of those senators might support his border declaration.

Given Trump's threat to veto the legislation, it is unlikely to become law.

"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.

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Pelosi's warning comes ahead of a planned Senate vote on Thursday on a resolution passed by the House that would nullify Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The White House says that Trump is within his rights to declare the national emergency and that opposing him will be seen as a vote against border security - which could play poorly in their home states.

"The president's doing what he feels is right".

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said, "I don't know". "But we really have abdicated our responsibility".

Pelosi and other House Democrats have argued that Trump's emergency declaration, which he is using as a way to spend more on barriers at the border than Congress has authorized, violates the Constitution.

Ohio Republican Rob Portman is among a group of Senate Republicans who have co-sponsored a controversial measure that would leave President Donald Trump's current presidential emergency intact but automatically end future presidential emergency declarations after 30 days unless Congress extends them.

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred. It is very simply Border Security/No Crime - Should not be thought of any other way.

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Compromise seeks to limit president's emergency declarations