Compromise could win over GOP senators opposing Trump order

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

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

Paul said earlier this month that there were "at least 10" GOP senators prepared to oppose Trump's emergency.

In an attempt to stave off Senate passage - an embarrassing prospect for Trump - Republican senators have been pushing an alternative measure that would instead address concerns that Trump's powers under the National Emergencies Act are too broad. But he now expects fewer defections.

In addition to Lee, 14 other GOP senators have thrown their support behind the bill, including Chuck Grassley of Iowa; Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mitt Romney of Utah; Ted Cruz of Texas; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Jerry Moran of Kansas; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Roger Wicker of Mississippi; Ben Sasse of Nebraska; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Rob Portman of Ohio; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; and Todd Young of Indiana. "Do I believe they are in the process of getting ready?"

Asked whether he was fit to be commander-in-chief, she said: "Are we talking ethically?"

Pelosi and other House Democrats have argued that Trump's emergency declaration, which he is using as a way to spend more on barriers at the border than Congress has authorized, violates the Constitution. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. Without congressional approval, the declaration would be terminated.

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

"They'd like to win and short of that they don't want a jailbreak" with large numbers of Republicans defecting, Sen.

Pelosi's move seemed aimed at persuading GOP senators wavering over the resolution disapproving Trump's border emergency that they would get no political protection by supporting the bill curbing future emergencies because it will never become law.

Lee's proposal, released late Tuesday, says a presidential emergency would last 30 days unless Congress votes to extend it.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal private conversations.

Meanwhile, House Democrats have launched multiple investigations into Team Trump. That vote could well occur after Congress returns from a recess later this month. Trump had repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall, which is not happening. Pence urged them to stand with Trump in Thursday's vote. It would apply to future emergencies, not Trump's current border emergency.

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