Sen. Rob Portman backs legislation that would let Trump's border emergency stand

Thursday, 14 Mar, 2019

Lee then relayed the information to his colleagues.

With the Senate expected to reject President Donald Trump's national emergency, POTUS once again took to Twitter with a message to Republican senators.

Vice President Mike Pence met privately at the Capitol with a handful of GOP senators, hoping to persuade them to stand by Trump in a showdown vote set for Thursday.

His latest refusal to compromise increases the likelihood not just that the bill will pass the Senate, but that a large number of Republicans cross their president on a high-profile vote for arguably the first time in his presidency. "The president didn't appear interested".

"I think the speaker is absolutely right", he said.

He added, "For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch". Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration. That would be enough to kill the resolution in the Senate, provided no other Republican senators oppose of Trump's declaration or alter their position.

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

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

The disapproval resolution has already passed the House.

The bill is largely symbolic, as Trump has said he'll veto it and Trump's emergency resolution is already tied up in the courts.

Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

The Utah lawmaker was the fifth Republican senator to say they back a measure passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to terminate Trump's declaration.

"No. No. I don't think he is", she said. There are also court challenges asserting Congress, not the president, decides how taxpayer money is spent.

Trump indicated he wasn't considering the Republicans' efforts at political leverage in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

Lee's announcement comes as a Morning Consult/Politico report comes out which suggests that almost three-quarters of Republican voters would more likely vote for a candidate if they backed Trump's national emergency on the border. It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have signaled that they will vote to end the national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.

President Donald Trump and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) agree, at least for now: He shouldn't be impeached.

Lee's proposal says a presidential emergency would last 30 days unless Congress votes to extend it. It would apply to future emergencies, but not Trump's current border emergency unless he seeks to renew it next year.

In remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the measure crafted by Lee a "fig leaf".