Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pelosi says no House vote on GOP emergency plan

Pelosi says no House vote on GOP emergency plan

Chances seem to be improving that President Donald Trump might avoid an expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert more money to building barriers along the Mexican border.

The White House and GOP senators are in the midst of a last ditch scramble to save President Donald Trump from an embarrassing defeat - and Republicans from the political backlash of turning on the President.

And without House Democrats on board to make revisions to the law, skittish GOP senators would essentially be voting for a symbolic measure allowing them to say they support Trump on border security and also reining in the executive - just not this time. All expressed concern that future Democratic presidents would exploit Trump's action and declare their own national emergencies to fulfill campaign promises.

Republican senators and the White House hatched a plan Tuesday to try and push an alternative bill to the disapproval resolution now before the upper chamber of Congress.

His Wednesday schedule, released to the press, shows he is set to receive a series of policy briefings followed by a meeting with Republican senators and a photo with the new White House interns. One said Tillis told his colleagues he could change his vote if Trump was indeed ready to curb presidential powers to declare emergencies without Congress' approval.

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The disapproval resolution passed the Democratically-controlled House by a wide margin and garnered enough Republican public support to pass the Senate. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

"Mr. Trump is a pernicious, divisive figure who is poisoning our politics, and hopes to do so for years to come", Reines said. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

The president noted on Wednesday that he "greatly" appreciated the top Democrats' comment against impeachment but reiterated he "never did anything wrong". It would apply to future emergencies, not Trump's current border emergency.

The strongest chance of blocking Trump's border emergency is likely several lawsuits filed by Democratic state attorneys general, environmental groups and others.

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