Mike Lee Becomes Fifth GOP Senator to Oppose Trump National Emergency

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border

Donald Trump said he would"probably have to the proposal to revoke his emergency declaration

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. John Kennedy, R-La., recalling a favorite refrain of Monday Night Football announcers when a game was out of reach. That 30-day approval window would apply after Trump's current border declaration expires in one year, meaning it could remain in place for at least a year without congressional approval. Four Republican senators have publicly committed to voting with Democrats on the resolution, which needs just 51 votes to pass the Senate, and a number of others are considering doing so as well. Sen.

GOP senators are hoping that if Trump endorses that bill, more Republicans would oppose a separate resolution, set for a vote Thursday, that would block the border emergency he proclaimed last month. That would give Republicans who are uneasy about the constitutionality of the February 15 declaration - yet nervous about publicly rebuking Trump - some political cover to side with the president.

President Donald Trump, right, acknowledges US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), left, prior to signing H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. "Over the last 80 years, Congress has voluntarily relinquished a whole lot of legislative power, handed it over to the executive branch".

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.

An administration official said the White House is skeptical there will be enough votes to head off a Senate defeat and is reluctant to back limits on future declarations unless a victory on the resolution is assured.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, "One could imagine a President who committed a felony and the House simply decided, for the good of the country, it wasn't an important felony, it was just a mistake, it's something we can deal with after a presidential term". Tillis and Collins face potentially competitive re-election fights in 2020.

Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same goal.

If passed into law, Lee's bill could impact Trump's national border emergency in the future, since ongoing national emergency declarations must be reaffirmed annually.

"If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame", said a statement from Lee.

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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