GOP senators struggle to escape no-win border vote



March 4, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wants Trump to withdraw his declaration and repurpose existing money to build the wall rather than invoking the emergency orders to take more dollars.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it.

And one by one, during a private lunchtime meeting that ran hot at times, they found no easy answers.

As a deadline for voting looms, it’s increasingly clear that Republican senators are deeply uncomfortable with Trump’s use of executive power to build the wall and desperate to devise a way around the vote.

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