Make no mistake?
It IS looking more and MORE like Donald Trump will have to declare a ‘national emergency’ for the US Southern Border to be able to steal money from other government programs to try to build a concrete or steel wall….
House Republicans would have to go on the record either supporting Trump, or against his move that would surely end up in the courts sooner, rather than later….
And it seems that the US Senate would also have to hold a non-binding vote on the record about Trump’s move , if done…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could move to block President Trump from invoking a national emergency to build a border wall, forcing Senate Republicans to choose between preserving congressional power and crossing the White House.
The California Democrat, under a seldom-used statute, could put a binding “resolution of disapproval” on the House floor to counter Trump should he claim constitutional powers to unilaterally build a border wall. The president is threatening action if Congress refuses his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Friday, Trump expressed skepticism that a bipartisan commission seeking a deal on the wall to avoid another government shutdown would succeed, saying there was a “good chance” he would declare an emergency.
The lawmakers are desperate to avoid another standoff over immigration and are worried about political anger and even retribution from the pro-Trump base. Yet they are wary of endorsing an unprecedented expansion of presidential emergency powers. Some fear the powers, once in a Democratic president’s hands, could be used to justify all sorts of progressive priorities.
The resolution would almost assuredly pass the Democratic House. Then, in a quirk of the law — the Congressional Review Act — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would essentially be forced to hold a floor vote, with only a simple majority required for passage rather than the customary 60 votes.
Trump could veto the measure if it passed. But that would be almost besides the point. Some Republicans are in a political pickle either way….