President Trump and Senate Republicans are gearing up for a party showdown on Thursday as lawmakers are likely to block President Trump 's border declaration, presumably forcing the president to use his veto power to the first time.
The statement was an effort by Trump to spend an additional $ 3.6 billion on the construction of the border wall.
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Because of the small Republican majority in the Senate – 53-47 – it only takes four Republicans to vote in favor of the bill blocking the declaration. Behind the scenes, Trump invited Senate Republicans to the White House Wednesday to talk about trade, but the conversation quickly turned to their supposed vote against the president.
"He would like us to vote against the [resolution]. But he understands and respects the fact that senators may have different opinions, "said Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who has not yet decided how he will vote on the resolution, Politico said. "There is a border crisis and we have to face it. But I still have my constitutional concern. "
"He said that he wanted us to vote with him, but that he understood if we did not do it," said another Republican senator.
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Vice President Mike Pence at the same time urged Republicans to support the national emergency declaration during an interview for "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning.
"Voting against the president's national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that is occurring on our southern border. So we are asking all members of the Senate, when the policy stops, to recognize that there is a crisis, "he told Pete Hegseth of Fox & Friends.
However, the adoption of the anti-Trump resolution was indeed obtained Wednesday after the failure of negotiations between senators and the White House on Wednesday, for lack of a compromise on separate legislation that would limit the power of presidents to declare emergencies in the future.
Some Senators would have expressed their willingness to support the Trump Declaration and please their constituents for the exchange of the measure to curb the strengthening of presidential authority, bill introduced by Utah Senator Mike Lee.
Lee then issued a statement affirming his vote in favor of the resolution that blocks Trump 's emergency declaration. "The Congress has given far too much legislative power to the executive branch," he said.
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Other Republican senators who said they would vote to block the border trump emergency are Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Associated Press contributed to this report.