Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

US President Donald Trump

Meanwhile, House Democrats have launched multiple investigations into Team Trump.

If Trump's border emergency stands, he could divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for such construction. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will likely pass the resolution, but not by a big enough margin to avoid a veto by Trump. And the votes come as the GOP has spent weeks debating how to soften their blow.

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

Four other Republican senators have publicly expressed reservations about the emergency declaration, anxious that a Democratic president could someday point to Trump's action to justify declarations of their own on matters the GOP opposes.

"Republican Senators are overthinking tomorrow's vote on National Emergency", he wrote.

As the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on Thursday on a proposal to end President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the southern border, a Republican said he was gaining support for a second bill that would keep the emergency in effect temporarily.

Nevertheless, Healy says that Lee's bill is a good first step toward reigning in presidential emergency declarations. "All that's left to do is to vote".

Any vote to revise the emergency law is expected to be independent of the vote on the disapproval resolution, which has already passed the House and is expected to be put to a vote Thursday in the Senate.

Still, the White House has been more focused on doing what it can to limit Republican defections and ensuring the number of senators who oppose Trump does not reach anywhere near the two-thirds majority to override an expected veto by Trump. "It's not a vote on precedent, because if you take a look at what President Obama did with DACA and so many other things, that was no precedent". But the faceoff would highlight a clash in which Trump was being forced to protect one of his highest priorities - building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, his signature campaign promise - by vetoing legislation sent to him by a Republican-led Senate. The resolution now goes to the House, which approved a very similar measure earlier this year, to be passed again.

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

"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. Democrats captured the House majority in the 2018 midterm elections.

Congress has not funded Trump's border wall requests, including under unified Republican control of the legislature, as existed for the first two years of his term in office. Another senior administration official said Pence heard the senators out and would take their arguments back to Trump. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT who sponsored the Yemen resolution. Mike Lee, R-Utah, chief sponsor of the bill limiting future emergency declarations, and told him he opposed that proposal.

The vote on the Yemen resolution was not overwhelmingly Republican, with just seven defections.

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