Susan Collins

Senate Republican effort to save Trump emergency declaration from defeat in GOP-run chamber seems to fall short

Senate Republican effort to save Trump emergency declaration from defeat in GOP-run chamber seems to fall short

An eleventh-hour rescue mission by Republican senators to stave off an awkward defeat for President Donald Trump on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, and to protect themselves from a politically dicey vote opposing him, seemed to collapse Wednesday.

The setback made it all but certain that defections from his own party will force Trump to cast what could be his first veto — on a struggle directly related to his signature issue of building barricades along the southwest border. It also left Republican senators facing a painful choice: defy a president who commands passionate loyalty from conservative voters or acquiesce to what many lawmakers from both...

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