OVAL OFFICE NEWS CONFERENCE: President Trump Talks To Media

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Published on 22 Feb 2019, 20:48
House Democrats moved Friday to neutralize President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, introducing a resolution to block the edict – and setting up a fight that could lead to the president’s first veto.

The resolution from Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, whose brother Julian is running for president, enjoys overwhelming support from fellow majority Democrats in the House. He announced overnight the measure had 222 cosponsors, slamming what he dubbed the “FakeTrumpEmergency” and the border wall the president wants to fund. By Friday morning, Castro said he'd picked up several more supporters, including Republican Rep. Justin Amash.

The level of support for the resolution all but guarantees it will pass the House. But there is a chance the Republican-controlled Senate could follow suit.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said earlier this week she’d support such a measure. Several other Republicans have voiced concern over the president’s declaration – raising the possibility the measure could clear the chamber. Such a scenario would expose a striking fracture in the party over the president’s decision, while likely compelling Trump to issue the first veto of his administration – one likely to be sustained.