Senate Republicans push plan to maintain national emergency at border

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office

Four other Republican senators have publicly expressed reservations about the emergency declaration, anxious that a Democratic president could someday point to Trump's action to justify declarations of their own on matters the GOP opposes. If it stands, the declaration would let Trump divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction in the budget.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump appears headed for an embarrassing reprimand from members of his own party on Thursday, when the Senate is to vote on a resolution disapproving of his declaration of emergency over the border.

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.

But Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky says a House vote is futile.

Still, it would call attention to congressional opposition to one of his chief campaign pledges: building the wall.

The development came a day before the Senate votes on a disapproval resolution that would nullify the national emergency Trump has declared at the U.S. -Mexico border as a way to circumvent Congress and get billions for his long-sought border wall.

The U.S. Congress is on the verge of issuing a sharp rebuke to Trump over his declaration of an emergency at the border.

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Some Democrats don't want to wait until 2020 to oust President Trump, but with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now coming out against impeachment, they're not sure what comes next.

Congress does not have the votes to override Trump's veto.

Trump has issued pleas on Twitter for Senate Republicans to support him with the vote. 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. "While we have impeachment authority, we need to be very cognizant of what the American people believe, and I agree with the speaker, that the probability of success is low, and the distraction would be major". The official was not authorized to publicly private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity. He announced later that he would be voting for the resolution to terminate the declaration.

With roughly a dozen Senate Republicans either committed to voting to disapprove of the president or weighing their options, some in the GOP are trying to cut a deal with the president to scale back his national emergency power so that Congress must approve future emergencies. Sen.

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred.

He said the proposed measure would apply "prospectively", not to Trump's current border emergency.

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