White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

US President Donald Trump

The White House is privately negotiating with Senate Republicans who want to rein in the emergency powers of President Trump and his successors - which could lead to the surprise defeat of a Democratic resolution rejecting Trump's emergency declaration at the border. "A lot of people are trying to think of a way to express their support for the president, but at the same time express their concern" about executive overreach, he said.

Key to quelling the revolt is legislation drafted by Sen.

Republicans who oppose the national emergency are anxious that future Democratic presidents could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the tactic to pass their own pet programs.

"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover", said a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration. 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.

Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager and billionaire behind the Need to Impeach campaign, renewed his call Wednesday for U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to immediately request Donald Trump's tax returns as he took his case for unseating the president directly to Western Massachusetts voters.

"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said.

"There's been numerous efforts to engage with the vice president and the president, and the president's not persuaded that he should support it right now", said Sen.

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The Senate is require to vote on the resolution by Friday.

"Congressman Green intends to bring articles of impeachment to the House floor for a third time - the first with Democrats in the majority". Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kentucky's Rand Paul. That is something, this senator said, "no White House counsel would ever agree to".

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has pushed the administration for days on its legal rationale for declaring the national emergency, said Tuesday that he has started getting the information from White House officials.

"I said: 'Why don't you use this for impeachment?'" Trump said he asked Pelosi. Trump "had a level of frustration with him" about the situation in the Senate, Ernst said.

What we are witnessing here is the early stages of a public relations battle to convince a solid majority of Americans that Trump ought to be impeached, assuming the investigations yield real evidence in support of impeachment.

If Trump commits to signing legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might vote Thursday against a separate bill blocking his border emergency. But many of of them have constitutional issues with the move and are anxious that his attempt to seize funds they appropriated to other military projects for his long-sought border wall could undercut projects they deem important. Many Republican senators view the emergency declaration as a breach of the constitutional separation of powers that gives Congress authority over government spending. It is an 80% positive issue.

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