Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration

The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Thursday to reject President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border.

Both Kansas City-area senators had been tight-lipped about how they would vote on the Democratic-crafted disapproval resolution. House lawmakers passed a similar measure late last month. Trump has promised to veto it, and it is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override him. I am prepared to veto, if necessary.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump acknowledged he would be likely be vetoing the resolution.

Senate Republicans have struggled for weeks over how to vote on the resolution to overturn the national emergency.

"If a president can invoke an emergency because he didn't get his way or she didn't get her way without real cause, without a real emergency, woe is our republic in many ways", he said.

The Utah Republican pored over federal budget documents, talked with White House lawyers and Senate colleagues, worked over the weekend to draft a compromise bill and personally lobbied the president and the vice president to no avail. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on internal deliberations.

Shortly after the vote went final, Trump tweeted a single world: "VETO!"

Underscoring the political pressures in play, Sen.

After Congress failed to provide $5.7 billion that Trump sought to build barriers along the USA border with Mexico, Trump declared a national emergency on February 15 to justify redirecting $3.6 billion in military construction money and around $3.1 billion from counternarcotics programs and asset forfeiture money towards wall construction.

Still, the breadth of opposition among Republicans suggested how concern about his declaration had spread to all corners of the GOP.

Republicans who defected by supporting the measure to end the emergency declaration are anxious that presidents - including future Democratic ones - could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the tactic to pass their own pet programs.

Immigration has been a long-running, unresolved political issue in the United States since a bipartisan immigration reform bill that was passed by the Senate in 2013 but failed in the House of Representatives because of Republican opposition. They had hoped Trump would be drawn in another direction or forget about the declaration.

Toomey said upholding the separation of powers is "very important" and that the president made "a mistake" by seeking to build the wall with funds that were not appropriated by Congress. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!' If Trump can be said to have any political principles, then his belief in raw executive power, unfettered by the petty squabbling of bookish lawmakers, is surely his deepest.

"Congress's vote, even if vetoed, would solidify any court's understanding that the so-called emergency is really part of an end-run around a legislative branch that is unconvinced an emergency exists, that refused to fund the wall, and that is constitutionally in charge of federal spending", he said.

In an apparent last-minute reversal, however, Tillis announced just ahead of the vote on Thursday that he would vote against the resolution, despite previously saying he would vote in favor in a Washington Post op-ed.

ICE and CBP agents have been forced to release tens of thousands of illegal aliens into the interior of the country, the vast majority only to be encountered by authorities when they commit another crime (besides the illegal entry), is further evidence of the border emergency. "Don't vote with Pelosi!"

Gardner's fellow senator from Colorado, Sen. The effort fell short. Lee was one of the only ones who saw past Trump to the heart of the problem: The national emergency laws on the books don't do much to prevent this sort of abuse.

Vanessa Coleman

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