Pelosi Takes Back House Office Space From Pence

The U.S.-Mexico border where the fence becomes a small barbed wire fence west of Nogales Ariz

Republicans had hoped Trump would support a separate measure curbing a president's powers to declare future emergencies.

Under the emergency declaration Trump signed on February 15, he would take money from other federal programs to build the barrier.

Then-Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan gave Pence the first-floor office space in 2017, just after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Lee's bill would allow senators to vote to keep Trump's wall-funding emergency in place, while also claiming that they are checking future abuses of executive emergency powers. Senate passage of the resolution rejecting the border emergency would send it to the White House, where it would face a certain veto. On Wednesday, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas told reporters Pence's offers "are probably worthless" while Lee said "we should know very soon" if Trump will support the bill. All five of these lawmakers have indicated varying levels of concern with the president's emergency declaration. He also said in a tweet that Republican senators should vote for "Border Security/No Crime".

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown called Lee's bill a typical Republican tactic to "show no backbone when it comes to standing up to this President", in keeping with to their failure to "stand up" to Trump when he made racist comments, shut down the government and declared "an emergency over something that's not an emergency".

The week after Cohen's testimony, House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee did exactly what the vast majority of voters said they should do: They issued document requests to more than 80 people and entities in support of their investigation into Trump. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky - somewhere between seven and 15 Republicans remain conflicted on the disapproval resolution, according to a senior Republican aide familiar with the discussions.

His latest refusal to compromise increases the likelihood not just that the bill will pass the Senate, but that a large number of Republicans cross their president on a high-profile vote for arguably the first time in his presidency.

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency
Trump appreciates Pelosi's 'statement against impeachment'

Schakowsky said, "We need to get rid of Donald Trump and I don't think impeaching in the House is going to do it and so we need to do it by the 2020 election". Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same objective.

The question of whether to impeach or not impeach caught fire this week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to put the brakes on impeachment proceedings in the immediate future.

An administration official said Wednesday that the White House is skeptical there will be enough votes to head off a Senate defeat Thursday and is reluctant to back limits on future declarations unless a victory on the resolution is assured.

The "Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies Act" would have ended any president's declarations of national emergency after thirty days unless Congress voted to extend them.

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred. The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto. Although he said Trump has the power for his current declaration, McConnell said Republican senators were now questioning: "Was it too broad back in the '70s when it was passed?"

A vote on Lee's plan was expected after Congress returns from a recess later this month.

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