Federal Relations

February 26, 2019

Meanwhile, in Non-Budget Related News…

In another demonstration of how unusual the current political times are, the House is expected to take up today H. J. Res. 46, a resolution disapproving President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the Southern border.  The measure is expected to pass easily in that chamber.  The remaining question in the House appears to be whether it will pass with enough votes to overturn a presidential veto.  Should the resolution reach the his desk, the President has vowed to veto it, which would mark his first veto in office.

If the resolution passes the House, the Senate would be required to take it up and it would only require a majority for passage.  With all Senate Democrats expected to support it, the question now is whether enough Republicans will join them to garner its passage.  So far, three Republicans have declared their support for the resolution:  Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.  Only one more would be needed for passage, but that would not be enough to make it veto-proof.

Read more about the issue here and here.

Meanwhile, in other news, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before three different Congressional committees this week, starting with the Senate Intelligence Committee today.  Tomorrow, he is expected to testify on the House side, before both the House Oversight Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.  Only his appearance before the Oversight Committee is expected to occur in a public setting.  Read more about the Cohen situation here and here.