President Donald Trump is urging Republican senators to support his emergency declaration for border funding, but at least seven senators have endorsed a resolution passed by the Democratic-controlled House to block the president from using his emergency powers.
Trump says any efforts to change the national emergency law should come later and stressed that he will not immediately take up proposals to amend the national emergencies law, which some Republicans have been pitching as a way to limit defections in Thursday’s Senate vote.
Among the GOP senators include Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Lamar Alexander. Republicans say the vote showdown will result in Congress forcing Trump to use a veto to protect his “Build the Wall” mantra and hopes of steering an extra $3.6 billion into building barriers against his own party. We get the latest.
With files from the Associated Press
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush