Trump appreciates Pelosi's 'statement against impeachment'

Trump declared an emergency last month to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers after Congress voted to provide him with less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on that resolution.

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that her chamber would not consider legislation being crafted in the Senate to rein in presidential emergency powers, characterizing it as an attempt to give President Trump "a pass" on violating the Constitution.

Pelosi's move seemed aimed at persuading GOP senators wavering over the resolution disapproving Trump's border emergency that they would get no political protection by supporting the bill curbing future emergencies because it will never become law.

His latest refusal to compromise increases the likelihood not just that the bill will pass the Senate, but that a large number of Republicans cross their president on a high-profile vote for arguably the first time in his presidency. The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto.

Thursday's vote could mark the second time this week that members of Trump's party have rebuked him on Capitol Hill.

"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. "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".

President Donald Trump is lobbying Republican senators to vote against legislation that would block his declaration of an emergency along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The White House has been trying to avert defeat.

The White House wants to extend the 30-day period, perhaps to 30 days when Congress is in session, said one GOP aide familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe closed-door talks. Lee said the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which gives the president power to declare emergencies without Congress, allows the executive to act "like a king".

The proposal would not affect the current emergency declaration at the border but would for future declarations, including those issued by Trump. That vote could well occur after Congress returns from a recess later this month.

Tillis requested Pence's meeting with senators, and Pence largely was there to listen, an administration official said.

The White House says that Trump is within his rights to declare the national emergency and that opposing him will be seen as a vote against border security - which could play poorly in their home states.

  • Rogelio Becker