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House to vote to overturn Trump's emergency declaration

House to vote to overturn Trump's emergency declaration

But Trump has vowed to veto the measure if it reaches his desk, and a veto override, which requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers, is seen as unlikely.

"I would vote in favor of the resolution disapproving of the president's national-emergency declaration, if and when it comes before the Senate", Tillis wrote Monday in a Washington Post op-ed.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are blasting Democrats over their efforts to block the national emergency declaration.

Collins said Wednesday she supports a lawsuit challenging Trump's national emergency, adding that she plans to vote for the congressional resolution. The former is the numbers of Senate Republicans that Schumer needs to pass the resolution; the latter is how many Schumer needs to sustain the veto.

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee, told CNN on Monday he does not support the President's emergency declaration, but would review the resolution of disapproval before deciding how he'd vote.

In addition, 28 Republican former House members and senators, many of them from the party's shrinking moderate wing, wrote an open letter declaring their opposition to Trump's emergency declaration. "I said that we would challenge him in the courts, we would challenge him in Congress, and I believe the American people will challenge him, and that's what's happening".

McConnell said Republicans had a "fulsome" discussion about Trump's order at their private lunch Tuesday, which was attended by Vice President Mike Pence and a Justice Department lawyer. Susan Collins of ME and Sen. Stewart said while he doesn't support President Trump curtailing Congress, he does believe the border crisis does constitute a national emergency.

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Trump's Feb 15 emergency declaration gives him access to billions of dollars to construct his wall on the Mexican border, beyond the almost US$1.4 billion that Congress allocated for construction of border barriers. He said that as a conservative, "I can not endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms", such as restrictions on polluters, banks and guns.

However, the congressman did voice the concern future presidents could weaponize national emergencies if Congress doesn't approve certain legislation. 'And I don't think it survives a veto'.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, left, and others, speaks about a resolution to block President Donald Trump's emergency border security declaration on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 in Washington.

The statement says Trump's declaration goes against the administration's own data and calls the President's actions unprecedented. They also pointed to other government data on drug trafficking that showed most opioids enter the country via legal entry points - something they said a border wall would not stop.

While Republicans control the Senate 53-47, it seems likely there would be enough GOP defectors for the measure to win initial approval there.

A coalition of 16 USA states led by California has sued Trump and top members of his administration to block his emergency declaration.


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