McConnell: Senate will vote Thursday on resolution to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration

McConnell: Senate will vote Thursday on resolution to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the upper chamber will vote Thursday on a resolution to overturn President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It will all come to a head on Thursday. The clock runs and the vote will occur on Thursday,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Four Senate Republicans have said they will vote for the resolution. That means passage is all but guaranteed as all 47 Democrats are expected to support the measure.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the resolution last month.

Trump has said he will veto the measure if it comes to his desk. There does not appear to be enough support in Congress to override a veto.

Trump issued the declaration last month in conjunction with the signing of legislation to keep the government funded through Sep. 30.

Under the declaration, the administration may be able to secure about $8 billion for the wall by taking money from “unobligated” funds.

Sixteen state attorneys general and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed lawsuits, arguing the declaration is unconstitutional.

The administration has asked for an additional $8.6 billion in wall funding in its FY 2020 budget request.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have said the request for additional wall money is a non-starter.

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