Senate Will Pass Resolution Against National Emergency 🆘

Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Joshua Roberts / Reuters

McConnell admits defeat

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it known that the resolution against President Trump’s national emergency declaration (which passed in the House last week) will also pass the Republican-led Senate.

Rogue Republicans

Rand Paul (R-KY) recently announced his intent to join the three other Republicans in support of the resolution to tip the scales in favor of the bill; Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME) had already declared that they would support it. 


LEANING LEFT:

The Hill: Trump on brink of GOP rebellion over emergency declaration

NY Times: Trump’s Grip Shows Signs of Slipping as Senate Prepares to Block Wall Emergency

The left is emphasizing the growing rift between Congressional Republicans, especially those in the GOP-led Senate, and President Trump. Rand Paul’schoice to vote against the bill, given his far-right voting record in the past, makes the growing rift even more salient.

LEANING RIGHT:

Breitbart: Mitch McConnell Fails to Prevent Revolt Against Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Daily Caller: Trump poised for national emergency veto showdown as Republican votes peel away

The right touches on some of the same issues that the left is covering in terms of the rift between Senate Republicans and Trump. However, they seem to be putting more blame on McConnell for a lack of control over the members of his party. The right also highlights the likely possibility that Trump will veto the bill even if it passes both chambers of Congress, and a veto-proof majority of ⅔ of the House and Senate doesn’t seem plausible currently.


Next steps

McConnell has yet to set a date for the Senate vote, but it is believed that it will take place before March 15. If the results are as expected, Trump is all but certain to veto the resolution and because a veto-proof majority is unlikely, the Democrats and their allies will have to rely on the courts for a ruling that this national emergency is unconstitutional because of its usurpation of the Congressional power of the purse.

Congress securing the bag

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