In the pre-dawn darkness of 5:50 a.m., the president, 72, returned to a cherished topic: himself and what he sees as his history-making success in the Oval Office. It also left Republican senators facing a painful choice: defy a president who commands passionate loyalty from conservative voters or acquiesce to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and risky expansion of presidential authority.
After a closed-door lunch, GOP lawmakers predicted that the Senate would approve a resolution Thursday annulling the emergency Trump has declared along the southwest border.
GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Todd Young of IN were also IN discussions with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of future presidents to declare national emergencies. 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".
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said Trump "not only committed felonies, but is harmful to the country".
"I'm voting with you, Mr. President", Oklahoma Republican Sen.
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The administration unveiled plans to curb them through a proposed rule after Republican efforts to do so failed in the Congress. But Vought says it's time to break with congressional practices of the past. "This is the process that is not on autopilot".
The senator cautioned that Trump's position may still change - "It is only Wednesday, and it is the Trump administration".
Lee said in a statement that he will now back the resolution canceling the border emergency because his own bill now lacks "an immediate path forward". Stand with the president and stand for border security. Framing the vote that way seemed to be a message all but aimed directly at undecided GOP senators facing re-election races next year, of whom there are several. Other Republican senators who back the resolution are Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Maine's Susan Collins and Kentucky's Rand Paul. But many of of them have constitutional issues with the move and are anxious that his attempt to seize funds they appropriated to other military projects for his long-sought border wall could undercut projects they deem important. "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".
Even so, there was little doubt among GOP senators that Thursday's vote would turn out badly for the party.
The disapproval resolution passed the House with a vote of 245-182 with the help of 13 Republicans.
Pelosi has not spoken on the matter, but the aide said that she will be offering additional space to the White House legislative affairs team.
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What's more, he demonstrated the ability to line up at every position on the defensive line during his tenure in New England. Detroit also added free-agent cornerback Justin Coleman , according to the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is among a handful of Republicans who have yet to announce how they'll vote.
Tillis said Wednesday that his vote was "still a work in progress", citing continuing discussions. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump, Senate passage would send the resolution to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.
Republicans have also voiced concerns about the precedent that could be set for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies on any number of issues.
Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.
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Jackson sentenced the 69-year-old Manafort on charges of witness tampering and conspiracy, both of which he had pled guilty to. At last week's sentencing, Manafort wore a green prison jumpsuit emblazoned with the words "Alexandria Inmate" on the back.
Lee's bill-the awkwardly named Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies (ARTICLE ONE) Act-would automatically terminate an emergency declaration within 30 days.