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PoliticsWhite House works to limit GOP defections, criticism ahead of vote to nullify Trump’s emergency declaration

22:35  04 march  2019
22:35  04 march  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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A White House official tells Senate GOP aides that senators should ‘keep their powder dry’ rather than criticize the president’s move, as McConnell predicts 26. The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to “keep their powder dry” ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ’ s declaration of a

The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to “keep their powder dry” ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ’ s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border as the administration worked to limit defections on a measure rebuking the president.

White House works to limit GOP defections, criticism ahead of vote to nullify Trump’s emergency declaration© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters after a closed-door Republican meeting with Vice President Pence on Feb. 26. The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to “keep their powder dry” ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the administration worked to limit defections on a measure rebuking the president.

The message was delivered by Zach Parkinson, White House deputy director of government communications, in a meeting Monday morning with Senate Republican communications staffers, according to two people who attended the meeting.

House GOP leaders work to contain defections on Trump’s emergency

House GOP leaders work to contain defections on Trump’s emergency Republicans are eager to avoid an embarrassing vote for the president.

House GOP leaders work to contain defections on Trump ’ s emergency . But the White House is eager to contain further defections from members of Trump ’ s own party on his signature issue of building a wall Pence meeting with Senate GOP ahead of vote to block emergency declaration .

WASHINGTON — The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to ‘‘keep their powder dry’’ ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ’ s declaration of The emergency declaration is aimed at getting additional money for border barriers after Congress refused to grant Trump ’ s funding request.

It came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted that the resolution to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration would pass in the Republican-led Senate — but ultimately not survive a veto. Over the weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) became the fourth Republican to announce he would vote for the disapproval resolution, ensuring its passage with unified Democratic support.

But the White House is eager to contain further defections from members of Trump’s own party on his signature issue of building a wall along the southern border. The emergency declaration is aimed at getting additional money for border barriers after Congress refused to grant Trump’s funding request.

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Pence meeting with Senate GOP ahead of vote to block emergency declaration

Pence meeting with Senate GOP ahead of vote to block emergency declaration Vice President Mike Pence and Justice Department officials will meet with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to discuss President Trump's national emergency declaration and efforts against it. 

WASHINGTON - The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to "keep their powder dry" ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ' s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the administration worked to limit defections on a measure rebuking the president.

WASHINGTON — The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to "keep their powder dry" ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ' s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the administration worked to limit defections on a measure rebuking the president.

At Monday’s meeting, Parkinson cautioned GOP Senate communications aides against public criticism from their bosses over the emergency declaration, saying that if senators are planning to vote to overturn it they should contact the White House to get further information on Trump’s rationale, according to the two people who attended the meeting.

13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration

13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration Thirteen House Republicans bucked their party on Tuesday to vote for a measure that would overturn President Trump's declaration of an emergency at the southern border. The resolution passed the Democratic-controlled House in a vote of 245-182, with all Democrats voting to send it to the Se nate. The GOP-led Senate is expected to vote on the measure in the coming weeks. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); House GOP leaders worked to limit defections heading into Tuesday's vote.

Fearing mass GOP defections , Trump leans in to emergency fight: Pence meeting with Senate GOP ahead of vote to block emergency declaration Vice President The Senate will vote on a resolution to stop him. House GOP leaders work to contain defections on Trump ’ s emergency .

White House works to limit GOP defections , criticism ahead of vote to nullify Trump ’ s emergency declaration . A White House official tells Senate GOP aides that senators should ‘keep their powder dry’ rather than criticize the president’s move, as McConnell predicts passage of

And if GOP senators don’t have anything good to say, Parkinson said, they should “keep their powder dry,” according to the two people, who requested anonymity to detail the private discussion.

White House spokesmen did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the account or offer a comment.

At an event in Kentucky on Monday, McConnell told reporters: “I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then, in all likelihood, the veto will be upheld in the House.”

Republican defections on national emergency set up Trump's 1st veto

Republican defections on national emergency set up Trump's 1st veto Republican defections on national emergency set up Trump's 1st veto

House Republicans are working to hold defections on legislation to block President Donald Trump ’ s emergency declaration to potentially under a dozen on Tuesday. The White House and GOP leaders have launched a last-minute push to limit the losses on a House vote to stop Trump from

Trump warns GOP senators wavering on emergency declaration . The House is set to vote on Tuesday on a resolution of disapproval that would block Senate GOP eyes big vote against Trump . Opposition to President Trump ' s emergency border declaration is snowballing in the Senate, forcing

The Senate vote is expected next week. The House previously passed the measure to block Trump’s declaration, but Democrats in the chamber fell well short of securing the two-thirds vote that would be necessary to overturn a threatened veto from Trump.

While Trump appears to have the votes to withstand a veto in the Republican-led Senate as well, passage of the measure would still serve as rebuke of the president’s policy — and large-scale defections by GOP senators could prove embarrassing for Trump.

In addition to the four Republican senators who have announced support for the disapproval resolution, numerous others have expressed serious reservations about Trump’s move, pointing to concerns about constitutional separation of powers, and the potential for future Democratic senators to declare national emergencies on other issues.

Paul joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) in opposing Trump’s move. Paul announced his opposition to the emergency declaration at an event in Kentucky over the weekend, and elaborated in an opinion piece for Fox News Channel, writing: “I would literally lose my political soul if I decided to treat President Trump different than President Obama.”

Senate on cusp of passing rebuke to Trump on national emergency declaration

Senate on cusp of passing rebuke to Trump on national emergency declaration GOP Sen. Mike Lee says he will vote for a disapproval resolution after Trump shot down Lee’s proposed compromise.

declaration , as Republicans worked to limit defections on the eve of a critical House vote while Democrats framed the issue as a constitutional showdown. Partisans on both sides unleashed sharp new rhetoric ahead of Tuesday’ s vote on a Democratic-authored resolution that would nullify

WASHINGTON – The White House told Senate Republicans on Monday to “keep their powder dry” ahead of a vote to nullify President Trump ’ s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the administration worked to limit defections on a measure rebuking the president.

“Every single Republican I know decried President Obama’s use of executive power to legislate. We were right then. But the only way to be an honest officeholder is to stand up for the same principles no matter who is in power,” Paul wrote.

Fifty-three senators caucus with Republicans and 47 with Democrats, meaning that four Republican defections are enough to ensure passage.

McConnell told reporters that he had hoped Trump “wouldn’t take that particular path” of declaring a national emergency.

McConnell said he agreed with Republicans who have argued that the declaration could set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to declare emergencies on issues on which they cannot have their way in Congress.

“That’s one reason I argued, obviously without success, to the president that he not take this route,” McConnell said.

The president’s national emergency declaration, issued Feb. 15 after Congress failed to produce the border-wall money he wants, allows him to access $3.6 billion in funds allocated for military construction projects.

That money would be tapped after the administration exhausts funding from other sources, including $1.375 billion provided by Congress; $2.5 billion from a Pentagon counter-drug account that the administration can access without an emergency declaration; and $601 million from a forfeiture fund in the Treasury Department.

Trump himself has warned about negative political consequences for senators who go against him, telling Sean Hannity of Fox News last week: “I really think that Republicans that vote against border security and the wall, I think you know, I’ve been okay at predicting things, I think they put themselves at great jeopardy.”

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Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

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