GOP plan would limit power to declare emergency

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"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover".

Barring a last-minute deal on some other face-saving measure, up to a dozen Republicans could join all Senate Democrats in voting to send the disapproval resolution to Trump's desk, setting up the first veto of his presidency.

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, February 15, 2019, in Washington.

He told The Republican last week that his committee is still working with congressional counsel on how to correctly seek the president's tax returns, despite another U.S. House panel's recent move to request a trove of documents from the White House, Trump administration officials and others. We've seen it in regulatory policy, we've seen it in trade policy, we've seen it in war powers, and we've seen it in emergency powers.

Lee's proposal says a presidential emergency would last 30 days unless Congress votes to extend it. He announced later that he would be voting for the resolution to terminate the declaration.

Besides Lee, four have said they would vote no: Sens. If Trump would commit to signing a bill handcuffing future emergency declarations, some of them might support his border emergency declaration.

A handful of Senate Republicans have committed to joining a unified Democratic caucus in rejecting the emergency declaration, all but assuring the disapproval measure's passage in a chamber where Republicans have a narrow 53-47 majority.

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Islamabad also captured an Indian Air Force pilot after a February 27 dogfight between the two air forces. The high tensions last week displaced hundreds of villagers on both sides.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said her boss backs the bill because he "supports narrowing the scope of the National Emergencies Act so that Congress will have more control over these decisions in the future". Current law requires Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval to block emergency declarations it deems inappropriate. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

The entire administration is not unwelcome, however, as Pelosi assigned the White House legislative affairs team other House office space it did not have under Ryan. Inside a private luncheon with other Republican senators after the Pence gathering, Tillis made the case that if the White House agreed to some form of Lee's legislation, that would mean a president would be giving up some of his executive powers - a rarity, according to a person briefed on the closed-door discussion. "And so I want to know how much I'm with him on this because, so far, I like what he's said".

"The president's doing what he feels is right".

"I'm not for impeachment", Pelosi said. "But we really have abdicated our responsibility".

Republicans have also voiced concerns about the precedent that could be set for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies on any number of issues.

Aside from congressional action, the national emergency declaration is being challenged in the federal court system, which may have the final word in whether it survives. But many of of them have constitutional issues with the move and are anxious that his attempt to seize funds they appropriated to other military projects for his long-sought border wall could undercut projects they deem important. It is an 80% positive issue.

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