Senate Set to Reject Trump National Emergency Declaration
US President Donald Trump.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Opponents of President Donald Trump’ declaration of a national emergency at the United States (US) – Mexico border appear to have enough to reject the planned. Its reported, the controlled Senate plans to take up the proposal, which the Democratic-held House already passed, by mid-March.

Even, fourth Republican senator became the latest lawmaker to say they can’t go along with the White House on the emergency declaration.

Trump declared a national emergency after Congress did not approve the US$5.7 billion he wanted for border barriers. He also plans to use emergency powers to secure $3.6 billion from the Department of Defense’ military construction funds to build his proposed border wall.

Trump said he will take executive actions to divert another roughly $3 billion toward the project, along with $1.4 billion allotted by Congress last month. Despite the Senate’ support for the resolution, Congress likely will not block the emergency declaration.

The president has pledged to veto it. If he rejects the bill, the House and Senate would have a difficult time finding two-thirds majorities to override the veto.

In passing the measure to block the emergency declaration, the Democratic-held House fell well short of a veto-proof majority. While 245 House members voted for the resolution, 290 would need to back it to overcome a veto. Democrats currently control 235 seats, while Republicans hold 197 and three are vacant.

Meanwhile, 67 senators would have to support it to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to circumvent Trump.

on Feb. 15, Trump is prepared to sign a bipartisan bill on spending and border security to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his long-promised border wall, the White House said on Thursday (02/14).

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border. The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a written statement.

Previously, in a 83-16 vote, the Senate passed the border security bill. The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.

The bill, once approved by the Congress and Trump, will keep the government open past a midnight Friday deadline. It would include $1.37 billion United States dollars for physical barriers along the US-Mexico border.

The fight over the funding of the border wall between the White House and congressional Democrats led to the record-breaking 35-day federal government shutdown which ended late January.

A national emergency declaration, which would allow the president to bypass Congress and use the military to build the wall, is widely expected to spark lawsuits challenging the president’s authority.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the president make an emergency declaration. She and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also issued a strongly worded joint statement condemning the move.

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they said.

The Democrats vowed that Congress would defend the constitutional authorities. They said Trump could ‘t convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall, so now he’s trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com