Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Republicans Having A Hard Time Believing Pelosi On Impeachment

Republicans Having A Hard Time Believing Pelosi On Impeachment

If Trump would agree to sign legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, it could help the White House reduce opposition among GOP senators to his border emergency declaration in Thursday's vote. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will likely pass the resolution, but not by a big enough margin to avoid a veto by Trump.

Hoyer said he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who told The Washington Post earlier this week that she opposed impeaching Trump in the absence of "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" evidence, adding that the president was "just not worth it". Another senior administration official said Pence heard the senators out and would take their arguments back to Trump.

Meanwhile, House Democrats have launched multiple investigations into Team Trump.

Pelosi's statement Wednesday, though, tells the Republican senators their efforts are moot because she won't bring the Article One Act up for a vote in the House.

The disapproval resolution has already passed the House. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

Republicans who oppose the national emergency are anxious that future Democratic presidents could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the tactic to pass their own pet programs.

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.

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Solskjaer said: "We are disappointed with the result but looking at the performance, you can not say it was a game we deserved to lose".

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said her boss backs the bill because he "supports narrowing the scope of the National Emergencies Act so that Congress will have more control over these decisions in the future".

Lee's announcement comes as a Morning Consult/Politico report comes out which suggests that almost three-quarters of Republican voters would more likely vote for a candidate if they backed Trump's national emergency on the border.

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". "I hope this legislation will serve as a starting point for future work on this very important issue".

Brown said he doesn't object to finding a "long term answer", to keep presidents from declaring emergencies in non-emergency situations, but said he didn't know of any cases where past presidents abused the law.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is among a handful of Republicans who have yet to announce how they'll vote.

Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. It is very simply Border Security/No Crime - Should not be thought of any other way.

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