Schumer: Senate Dems to introduce measure to block Trump’s national emergency

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that Senate Democrats will introduce a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

The Senate Democrats’ resolution of disapproval comes as House Democrats plan to introduce a similar resolution disapproving of Trump’s emergency declaration on Friday.

“This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators — Democrats and Republicans — to support this resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate,” Schumer said in a statement, referring to the House resolution. “Identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.”

The House resolution is expected to pass easily, with Democrats in control. But it’s unclear whether the resolution will pass the Senate. Several Republican senators have voiced concern about Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first Republican Senator Wednesday to say she would support a resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration.

The Senate version of the resolution could place further pressure on Senate Republicans to decide whether to break with the president on his national emergency declaration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he backed the president’s decision.

It would take four Republican Senators to join Democrats to approve the measure, though Trump would likely veto it.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/21/schumer-block-national-emergency-1179614
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