Washington: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that the senate is likely to pass a resolution to block President’s national emergency declaration.
He believes the upper chamber will vote this month to terminate the national emergency President Donald Trump declared at the US-Mexico border.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it apparent to the president that he has a choice; either to move ahead with his declaration n of emergency at the southern border and face a rebuke from his own party or shift gears.
The senate is expected to vote on the resolution- which the house passed in a 245-182 vote last week, by March 15, before the senate’s next recess. In the favor of resolution, 13 republicans joined democrats in the house.
It is required to bring the resolution up for a vote because of the National Emergencies Act of 1976, under which the congress has the ability to try to halt an emergency status incorporated by the President. In case such a resolution passes the House, t just requires 18 days according to the federal law to senate take up the measure.
Trump has threatened to veto the resolution if it reaches his desk. Even so, congressional approval of the measure would mark a turning point in his presidency. Not only would it be the first time Trump has issued a veto, it would put him at odds with members of his own party over how to deliver one of the prominent promises of his presidential campaign of 2016.
Republicans say that while they support Trump’s objective – building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border – several have serious reservations about declaring a national emergency to free up billions of dollars for the structure. Some lawmakers also have raised concerns that Trump is taking money from key military programs to fund the barrier.
Over the weekend, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky became the fourth Senate Republican to say that he expected to vote in favor of the resolution — a commitment that would ensure the measure was likely pass the GOP-controlled Senate.
“I support President Trump”. Paul wrote in an op-ed article published by Fox News. “I supported his fight to get funding for the wall from Republicans and Democrats alike, and I share his view that we need more and better border security,”
“However, I cannot support the use of emergency powers to get more funding, so I will be voting to disapprove of his declaration when it comes before the Senate.”
“I would literally lose my political soul if I decided to treat President Trump different than President Obama,” he continued.
Trump declared the national emergency along the US-Mexico border on February 15 to free up billions of dollars for border wall. This is the result of the congress refusal for giving him the $5.7 billion he had demanded for the barrier.
Trump said he wants the wall to stop drugs and gangs from coming into the U.S., even though an analysis of data indicates the vast majority of narcotics enter through country ports of entry, not the wide swaths of border in between where additional barriers could be erected, experts say.
In passing the measure to block the emergency declaration, the Democratic-held House fell well short of a veto-proof majority. While 245 House members voted for the resolution, 290 would need to back it to overcome a veto. Democrats currently control 235 seats, while Republicans hold 197 and three are vacant.
Meanwhile, 67 senators would have to support it to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to circumvent Trump.