SCHIFF: Pelosi 'Absolutely Right' Not to Pursue Partisan Impeachment

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Philippe Reines, a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, said impeaching President Donald Trump might be the best option for Democrats.

Supporters of the president's efforts said talk of such legislation could help persuade Republicans to nevertheless support Trump's executive actions, despite being wary of eroding congressional powers of the purse.

"If they really want to take a stand, they'll vote for the resolution tomorrow and then they'll override the president's veto", said Brown. Four Republican senators have publicly committed to voting with Democrats on the resolution, which needs just 51 votes to pass the Senate, and a number of others are considering doing so as well. Sen. The Senate is also poised to vote on Wednesday on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen ― legislation that the White House has threatened to veto.

However, after the White House announced that they will back the Article ONE Act, Lee joined four other Republican senators to vote in favor of ending the national emergency.

Hoyer said he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who told The Washington Post earlier this week that she opposed impeaching Trump in the absence of "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" evidence, adding that the president was "just not worth it". She said the House would never even consider the separate bill limiting future declarations by presidents, including Trump. Congress can vote to block a declaration, but the two-thirds majorities required to overcome presidential vetoes make it hard for lawmakers to prevail. There are also court challenges asserting Congress, not the president, decides how taxpayer money is spent.

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Another source present said many Republicans thought that Trump had been leaning toward taking the deal but that he told Lee Wednesday afternoon that Trump said he'd decided he wouldn't be able to support the bill.

Many Republican senators view the emergency declaration as a breach of the constitutional separation of powers that gives Congress authority over government spending. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have signaled that they will vote to end the national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.

The proposal would not affect the current emergency declaration at the border but would for future declarations, including those issued by Trump.

In remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the measure crafted by Lee a "fig leaf". "And next time and next time and next time, they'll say the same thing. Let's tell the president he cannot use his overreaching power to declare an emergency when he couldn't get Congress to do what he wanted".

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