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Trump 'greatly appreciates' Pelosi's opposition to impeachment

Trump 'greatly appreciates' Pelosi's opposition to impeachment”

As the White House and GOP senators sought a compromise on curbing a president's power to unilaterally declare such emergencies in the future, Pelosi said Wednesday that the House would not take up that legislation if it passed the Senate.

In a statement introducing the legislation, Senator Mike Lee of Utah said he spearheaded the bill in a bid to stop a president from "acting like a king [by] taking back the legislative powers that allow him to do so".

If Trump commits to signing legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might vote Thursday against a separate bill blocking his border emergency.

That would be enough to kill the resolution in the Senate, provided no other GOP senators oppose Trump's declaration or alter their position. Its fate is unclear.

Since Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives, the activist left has demanded Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. If it stands, the declaration would let Trump divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction in the budget.

He said the proposed measure would apply "prospectively", not to Trump's current border 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. Thom Tillis (N.C.) - publicly indicated Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Pence that he could change his position if a version of Lee's legislation is set to be passed. Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration.

Pelosi's caution towards impeachment was echoed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and other Democrats on Capitol Hill, who agreed their colleagues must remain patient until investigations have wrapped.

Under a 1976 law, presidents have wide discretion in determining when a national emergency has occurred.

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

The White House says that Trump is within his rights to declare the national emergency and that opposing him will be seen as a vote against border security - which could play poorly in their home states.



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