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Opponents of Trump border emergency close to votes needed

1 year 8 months 15 hours ago Thursday, February 28 2019 Feb 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 10:18 PM February 28, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border have moved very close to having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican suggested he risks a rebuff by the GOP-led chamber if he doesn't change course.

Veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that Trump's move would "turn a border crisis into a constitutional crisis." But he stopped short of saying he'd support a resolution blocking the president's move. Had Alexander pledged his vote, it would probably be enough for the Senate to pass a measure repealing the emergency declaration.

The Democratic-led House voted Tuesday to upend Trump's declaration. Trump has promised to veto the effort to thwart him from his plan, if necessary.

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