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Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Todd Young of IN were also IN discussions with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of future presidents to declare national emergencies. That would be enough to kill the resolution in the Senate, provided no other Republican senators oppose of Trump's declaration or alter their position.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Wednesday that potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump would turn into "a huge distraction" from the party's legislative agenda "without the probability of success".

"After Pelosi's comments, Republicans countered, asking why Democrats would have issued 81 document requests to people associated with President Trump if they're not already planning on impeachment". With Republicans controlling the Senate 53-47, it will take just four GOP defections to approve the measure, which the House passed last month. It would apply to future emergencies, but not Trump's current border emergency unless he seeks to renew it next year. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump, Senate passage would send the resolution to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.

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

Lee said in a statement that he will now back the resolution canceling the border emergency because his own bill now lacks "an immediate path forward". "I hope this legislation will serve as a starting point for future work on this very important issue".

Many Senate Republicans had started to align behind Lee's measure, which would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

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Meanwhile, the White House has stepped up its engagement with Republican senators in other ways.

"It was called turn out the lights, the party's over", said Sen. Trump "had a level of frustration with him" about the situation in the Senate, Ernst said.

"Since you asked, and I've been thinking about this", Pelosi said. "But we really have abdicated our responsibility".

An 11th-hour rescue mission by Republican senators to stave off an awkward defeat for President Donald Trump on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, and to protect themselves from a politically dicey vote opposing him, seemed to collapse Wednesday. Some Republicans think Trump went too far in declaring an emergency, but they also are eager to avoid defying a president popular with conservative voters.

She said he had a "robust discussion" about the emergency declaration with Pence on Tuesday, and will decide how to vote on the resolution to overturn it before Thursday's vote.

But Trump has dismissed these constitutional concerns.