Senate poised to pass bill ending border emergency, Trump vows veto
Added 03-14-19 11:11:02am EST - “Five Republican senators have said they back the measure passed in February by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats. "I am prepared to veto, if necessary," Trump said in an early-morning post on Twitter…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was poised on Thursday to pass a proposal to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the southern border, defying his threat to veto the measure and heavy lobbying of his fellow Republicans.
Five Republican senators have said they back the measure passed in February by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats. At least four Republicans are needed to pass it in the 100-seat Senate, along with all 45 Democrats and two independents.
But the measure is unlikely to become law given that a two-thirds vote of Congress is needed to override a presidential veto, which Trump vowed to issue if it passed the chamber Thursday.
"I am prepared to veto, if necessary," Trump said in an early-morning post on Twitter before senators took up the measure.
Vice President Mike Pence met with Republican senators this week to try to tamp down support for the measure, with some Republicans worried that future Democratic presidents could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the emergency declarations to fund their own pet programs.
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