GOP Seeks to Limit Presidential Emergency Declaration Powers While Ensuring $3.6B for Trump's Border Wall

Headline Roundup March 12th, 2019

Senate Republicans are reportedly working on a compromise that would limit presidential powers to declare national emergencies while also ensuring that the Senate approves President Trump's declaration for $3.6 billion in border wall funding.

GOP Seeks to Limit Presidential Emergency Declaration Powers While Ensuring $3.6B for Trump's Border Wall

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Senate Republicans are unlikely to be permitted to dramatically amend the House-passed resolution that would overturn the president’s national emergency, suggesting they will be confronted with a simple referendum on the president’s controversial declaration later this week.

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Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are looking to "revisit" a law that allows presidents to use the National Emergencies Act to redirect federal funding, as President Trump is proposing to do to build a southern border wall.

The GOP hopes a promise to take up legislation reining in the president will keep fewer Republicans from voting with Democrats this week on a resolution to revoke Trump’s border emergency.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said GOP lawmakers are in discussions to narrow the law after Trump used it to redirect $3.6...

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The White House and Republican senators sought compromise Tuesday on limiting presidents’ powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert billions more for building barriers along the Mexican border.

As a Thursday showdown vote in the Senate neared, GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and others were talking with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of presidents to declare future emergencies. If Trump...

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