House sets Tuesday vote to block Trump border emergency

Democrats in the House of Representatives unveiled their one page plan on Friday to overturn President Donald Trump's bid to funnel more money to a border wall by declaring a national emergency, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters said the House would vote next Tuesday to block the President's executive actions on funding for the wall.

"Members of Congress all swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution," the Speaker said.

"The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated," Pelosi wrote earlier this week in a letter to fellow Democrats.

Democrats said they already have more than a majority of members signed on to the one page resolution to reject the Trump national emergency.

"We hope that enough of our normal Republican enablers will join us to stand up for the Constitution," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX). "If not, we’re ready to turn to the courthouse."

As of Friday, only one Republican in the House had signed on to the plan to reject the President’s national emergency, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

“Trump’s absurd declaration of a “national emergency” undercuts the Constitution,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), as approval in the House would send the plan to the Senate.

Under special rules governing this process, GOP leaders would not be able to ignore the House action, as a vote must take place on the resolution.

But even if it passes in the Senate, a veto is likely by President Trump, and at this point - it seems unlikely that Democrats could muster enough GOP votes for a two-thirds supermajority to override a veto.

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