GOP plan would limit power to declare emergency

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The White House and Republican senators are seeking compromise on a plan to limit future presidential powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies.

Chances seem to be improving that President Donald Trump might avoid an expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert more money to building barriers along the Mexican border.

If Trump commits to signing legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might vote Thursday against a separate bill blocking his border emergency.

The Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump. Senate passage of the resolution rejecting the border emergency would send it to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.

Still, it would call attention to congressional opposition to one of his chief campaign pledges: building the wall.



 
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