Deal or no deal? Senate to vote on Trump’s ‘national emergency’ declaration this week

March 14, 2019

As of March 13, fully 52% of U.S. voters continue to oppose President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, according to findings of a Politico/Morning Consult poll.

Based on the polling results, Trump has failed to build support for his declaration in the face of congressional opposition; the results are essentially unchanged since he signed an order to reallocate military funds toward construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Only 38% of voters support the declaration.

The partisan divides suggest that this week’s Senate vote to nullify the president’s power to declare a national emergency could put the squeeze on Republican incumbents in battleground states. Indeed, G.O.P. Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina are expected to join Democrats in voting disapprove Trump’s declaration

Likewise, Democrats are expected to reject a move by Republicans that would amend the president’s powers under the 1975 National Emergencies Act. Under the proposed legislation, national emergencies would end after 30 days if Congress does not vote to extend them. (And the Senate vote against the president’s emergency declaration would become a moot issue.)

“Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the president to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said on her official website, adding, “The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.”

By promising not to bring the legislation to the floor, Pelosi hopes to put pressure on Republican lawmakers trying to balance their desire to support Trump’s immigration policy and their professed concerns about presidential power, CNBC reported on Wednesday.

Trump has recently tried to pressure Republicans by framing the vote as one about border security rather than executive power. CNBC said.

The president has pledged to veto any bill that would kill “emergency” funding for his wall. Neither the House nor the Senate appears to have the two-thirds majority support needed to overcome his opposition.

Research contact: @jacobpramuk

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