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Besides Lee, four have said they would vote no: Sens. It would apply to future emergencies, but not Trump's current border emergency unless he seeks to renew it next year.

Lee's bill-the awkwardly named Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies (ARTICLE ONE) Act-would automatically terminate an emergency declaration within 30 days. Congress can vote to block an emergency declaration, but the two-thirds majorities required to overcome presidential vetoes make it hard for lawmakers to prevail.

Aside from congressional action, the national emergency declaration is being challenged in the federal court system, which may have the final word in whether it survives. Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.

Whatever the intentions of the legislation, however, its introduction now could well enable the president's use of emergency powers in the short term. Mike Lee, R-Utah, chief sponsor of the bill limiting future emergency declarations, and told him he opposed that proposal.

His defection alone could be enough to sink the House's resolution.

"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country", she continued. Joe Kennedy (R-La.) told the Times.

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In the meantime, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland is locking horns with an increasingly recalcitrant White House over issues related to Trump's hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and the top-secret security clearances granted to Trump family members and White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Republican Senator Mike Lee, who had been shopping a second bill that would keep the emergency declaration in effect temporarily, said on Wednesday the White House had said Trump would not support his proposal, so he would be voting on Thursday to end the emergency declaration.

Steyer added that while he believes Neal will eventually ask for the presidents tax returns, the congressman needs to "get this show on the road".

A spokesperson for Lee's office told Reason that while there's nothing in the senator's bill to prevent this kind of behavior, "such obvious shenanigans would be politically unsustainable".

Four other Republican senators have publicly expressed reservations about the emergency declaration, anxious that a Democratic president could someday point to Trump's action to justify declarations of their own on matters the GOP opposes. "But no president should go around Congress". "Legally I don't think it's something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that's how she feels right now I respect that". Healy also praised the bill's requirement that Congress approve an emergency for it to continue. He also said in a tweet that Republican senators should vote for "Border Security/No Crime".

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said, "The Speaker's been very consistent on this point that there's a very high burden to meet before we would be able to move forward successfully on impeachment". There are now 31 active national emergencies, some of which date back to the Carter Administration. "The other thing is, it's not going to pass the Senate", she said.


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