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.
If Trump commits to signing legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might vote Thursday against a separate bill blocking his border emergency. Lee's bill would allow senators to vote to keep Trump's wall-funding emergency in place, while also claiming that they are checking future abuses of executive emergency powers.
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. "We have a MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY at our Border and the People of our Country know it very well!"
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"Republican Senators are overthinking tomorrow's vote on National Emergency".
Last month, Steyer threatened to go after Democrats who didn't support impeachment, pledging to use his resources to get them removed. 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.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, a Springfield Democrat and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said Monday that he's still working with House counsel to prepare his request for President Donald Trump's tax returns - even as another Democratic chairman took the first step in launching an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other corruption at the White House.
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.
Pelosi has not spoken on the matter, but the aide said that she will be offering additional space to the White House legislative affairs team.
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"Anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that's a bad vote", he said. Tillis faces a potentially tough re-election fight next year.
An administration official said Wednesday that the White House is skeptical there will be enough votes to head off a Senate defeat Thursday and is reluctant to back limits on future declarations unless a victory on the resolution is assured. The official was not authorized to publicly private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The "Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies Act" would have ended any president's declarations of national emergency after thirty days unless Congress voted to extend them. The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto.
Republicans have also voiced concerns about the precedent that could be set for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies on any number of issues.
He said the proposed measure would apply "prospectively", not to Trump's current border emergency. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same objective.
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