The Republican US Senate member numbers against the Donald Trump ‘national emergency’ move on the Souther Border to allow him to steal money from other approved Congressional money for agencies and departments seems to be climbing….
( Republicans want to join Democrats is NOT allowing such a thing happening in the future….)
Could there actually be enough votes to OVERIDE a Trump veto?
That would be a something to see!
And Donald Trump would be getting spanked by Congress in public with media assured to go batshit crazy!!….
Opposition to President Trump’s emergency border declaration is snowballing in the Senate, forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to scramble for a way to avoid a major embarrassment for the president.
While McConnell has long viewed a resolution of disapproval backed by Democrats as likely to pass the Senate, support for the measure is growing. Some senators and aides say they think it could get as many as 15 Republican votes, which would put it in striking distance of a veto-proof majority.
“Members of the Senate ought to have a real problem and not be flippant about allowing the president so blatantly to go around the Article I power of the purse. This is what separates us from the rest of the world. We have a rule of law,” said a GOP senator who put the high-water mark for Republican support at 15 senators.
New names surfacing as possible defectors on next week’s vote include Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.), Todd Young(Ind.), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee(Utah) and Ron Johnson (Wis.), who all have expressed constitutional concerns in recent days, say colleagues.
In the House, there’s little chance that opponents can get close to a two-thirds majority, but such a large Senate vote against Trump is something that GOP leaders and the White House would deeply love to prevent.
Two of McConnell’s top advisers, Sharon Soderstrom, his chief of staff, and Laura Dove, the majority secretary, are scouring the Senate’s rules and procedures to figure out whether it’s possible to vote on an alternative to the Democratic-sponsored resolution of disapproval.
Republican senators say they want to vote for a resolution that states the president should have sufficient funds for border security. But they also want it to express disapproval of the emergency declaration and amend the National Emergencies Act to require future emergency declarations to expire after a period of time unless Congress votes to approve them.
“I believe we should come up with a resolution or a piece of legislation that would express exactly how we feel, which is we support the president, we do need better barriers,” said Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, after a meeting of the GOP conference Tuesday.
“At the same time, as members of Congress, we should jealously guard our constitutional authority, which has been given away by prior Congresses,” he added.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is leading one promising effort within the GOP conference to put together a resolution that would express support for Trump having adequate funding for border security while also disapproving of his emergency declaration and possibly limiting future executive seizures of spending power.
A GOP senator said Young and Lee are also meeting with the parliamentarian on putting together a similar resolution….
It will be a heavy lift to override any Trump veto despite the above piece