Nancy Pelosi Says She Won't Bail Out Republicans On Emergency Disapproval Vote

14 March, 2019, 07:10 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • US President Donald Trump waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting

"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover", she said.

The question of whether to impeach or not impeach caught fire this week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to put the brakes on impeachment proceedings in the immediate future.

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.

In an attempt to stave off Senate passage - an embarrassing prospect for Trump - Republican senators have been pushing an alternative measure that would instead address concerns that Trump's powers under the National Emergencies Act are too broad. We've seen it in regulatory policy, we've seen it in trade policy, we've seen it in war powers, and we've seen it in emergency powers.

She said he had a "robust discussion" about the emergency declaration with Pence on Tuesday, and will decide how to vote on the resolution to overturn it before Thursday's vote.

Republicans are on the verge of their second high-stakes votes this week that will test their allegiance to President Donald Trump and force the party to reckon with how far it is willing to let executive power reach.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is among a handful of Republicans who have yet to announce how they'll vote.

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. 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.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said her boss backs the bill because he "supports narrowing the scope of the National Emergencies Act so that Congress will have more control over these decisions in the future".

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After a closed-door lunch, GOP lawmakers predicted the Senate would approve a resolution Thursday annulling the emergency Trump has declared along the border.

The Senate's 47-member Democratic caucus is unified in support of the disapproval resolution, so just four Republican defections would give the measure the majority needed to pass.

The White House has yet to endorse the proposal, however. Thom Tillis (N.C.) - publicly indicated Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Pence that he could change his position if a version of Lee's legislation is set to be passed. Trump "had a level of frustration with him" about the situation in the Senate, Ernst said.

"I'm not for impeachment".

Chances seem to be improving that President Donald Trump might avoid an expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert more money to building barriers along the Mexican border.

Under a four-decade old law, presidents have wide leeway in declaring a national emergency.

Aside from congressional action, the national emergency declaration is being challenged in the federal court system, which may have the final word in whether it survives.

"It is about Border Security and the Wall [stopping Crime, Drugs, etc.], not Constitutionality and Precedent", the president recently wrote on Twitter. It is an 80% positive issue.

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