Thursday, March 14, 2019

Senate to Vote on Bill Ending Border Wall National Emergency Today

The Senate will vote on Thursday on a resolution that would nullify President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said during a press conference on Tuesday, “It is no secret that the use of the national emergency law has generated a good deal of discussion. It’ll all come to a head on Thursday.”
McConnell also said Tuesday that Senate Republicans continue to look for ways to amend President Trump’s executive authority given to him through the National Emergencies Act of 1976. The Senate majority leader said that many Senate Republicans have discomfort with the level of the executive authority Congress gave the president to declare an emergency.
The Senate leader said:
There’s a lot of discomfort with the law — not that the president doesn’t have the authority to do what he is doing. I think most of my members believe this is not a constitutional issue in that sense, but rather — is this grant of authority to any president, not just this one, any president — was it too broad back in the ’70s when it was passed?
House Democrats passed a resolution in February that would end the national emergency; however, the bill passed with less than a veto-proof majority.
Enough Senate Republicans announced that they will back the Democrat resolution to end the national emergency to pass through Congress’s upper chamber with a simple majority, although it remains unlikely the bill will receive enough support to override a potential presidential veto.
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