Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, believes he will be able to put pressure on his Republican counterparts and possibly get enough of them to block President Trump's Southern Border Emergency Declaration. He could be right.
Republicans are reliable in two ways: they lower taxes and increase military budgets. Everything else, including immigration, can not be relied on.
The Senate voted to block Trump's emergency order earlier this year, giving him the opportunity to search the Pentagon furniture cushions for changes that he might be using for construction across the border. There were not enough votes in Congress to circumvent Trump's veto.
But Schumer forced a retake on Tuesday after the White House was able to raise $ 3.6 billion by diverting the money made available to the Ministry of Defense for other planned projects.
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that Democrats "hope that the vote for Republicans who are in states that are losing money on military construction projects to pay for parts of the wall may be hard Re-election will stand, politically unpleasant ".
No hope required. The republican's natural resting position is "unpleasant." Did you see former Senator Jeff Flake almost go into shock when he asked for a third delay in the Supreme Court confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh? In the eyes of Parliament Speaker Paul Ryan, did you see the appearance of horror when it was expected to implement any kind of legislation (apart from the tax cut) at all? Did you see Sen. Ben Sasse's hairpiece?
Some Republican senators come from states that will lose money under the Emergency Ordinance. If they join the utterly absurd democratic trick, they might as well hand over the keys of the Senate to Schumer as they are ready before the 2020 election.
What good is it to keep power in the Senate if the Republicans do not? Do you want to use it when it really matters?
They are all ready to hide under their beds when it comes to an actual emergency at the border.
Schumer warns in a melodramatic tone on Tuesday that Trump's executive order is rising An important and important constitutional problem: does our country really have a balance, especially if we have such an overflowing president? He lamented the "dangerous precedent that would be created if presidents could report national emergencies each time their initiatives failed in Congress."
I'm sorry, but where was this monologue when President Barack Obama alone set up an entire national program that protected more than a million illegal immigrants from deportation?
And where are the republicans ?! Rather than challenging the Democrats on this point, they are worried that the money they have been earmarked for could rob their states of other small projects such as a new elementary school or more military bases. All this can wait.
Meanwhile, the border can not wait. It is under siege, nearly a million migrants have crossed the border this year. Immigration tribunals already have around one million cases behind them.
How much more will it take? We can not be the welfare network for the whole of Central America and it has to stop somewhere. Now is a good time, as the numbers have been exponentially higher than every year in at least the last five years.
Republicans in the Senate can not count, but perhaps they'll find that there really is an emergency at the border and that their other projects can wait.