Donald Trump is very desperate to get funding for his border wall. After his 35-day government shutdown temper tantrum failed to get him the results he wanted, he started floating the idea of declaring a national emergency at the border to bypass congress in getting funding to build the wall.
Except, as the Washington Post is reporting, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi can force Congress to vote on it anyway. This fact has congressional Republicans torn about whether to support and enable their idiot President, or you know, do their job:
“Republicans have good reason to be deeply nervous. Here’s why: According to one of the country’s leading experts on national emergencies, it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can trigger a process that could require the GOP-controlled Senate to hold a vote on such a declaration by Trump — which would put Senate Republicans in a horrible political position.”
What exactly can Nancy Pelosi do?
Elizabeth Goitein, who has researched this topic extensively for the Brennan Center for Justice, says that if Pelosi exercises this option, it will require a Senate vote in some form. The NEA stipulates if Pelosi’s House passes such a resolution, which will be easy to do, Mitch McConnell’s Senate will have to act on it quickly – forcing GOP senators to choose whether to support it.