Murkowski 'likely' to support resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration
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GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEnergy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (Alaska) said over the weekend that she is "likely" to support a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE's emergency declaration, which is expected to be sent to the Senate later this week. 

"I want to make sure that the resolution of disapproval is exactly what I think it is, because if it is as I understand it to be, I will likely be supporting the resolution to disapprove of the action," Murkowski said in an audio recording provided to The Associated Press by an aide. 

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Murkowski added in a separate interview with KTUU, an Alaska TV station, that she would "probably" vote for the resolution of disapproval. 

"When I say probably, I want to make sure that what in fact we are voting on when it comes to the Senate is what I believe it is. If it's what I have seen right now, I will support the resolution to disapprove," Murkowski said. 

She said that she was likely supporting the resolution not because she disagrees with Trump on border security but stressed that there needed to be "clear lines" on "the separation of powers, the institution of the Congress as that appropriating branch." 

"You're going to see a lot of drama in the next couple of weeks," Murkowski said. 

Trump announced earlier this month that he would declare a national emergency to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall after Congress gave him $1.3 billion for barriers — considerably less than the $5.7 billion he had requested. 

His decision sparked bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill. House Democrats filed a resolution to block the emergency declaration on Friday. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP seeks to redirect criticism over Trump tax returns House rebuffs GOP lawmaker's effort to remove references to Democrats in Capitol Grassley says disclosing Trump's tax records without authorization could violate law MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters that it would be on the floor for a vote on Tuesday, where it's expected to pass. 

Senate Democrats are expected to "soon" introduce a similar resolution, according to a statement released by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate Warren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' Schumer won't meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) late last week. 

If all 47 Democrats vote for the resolution to block Trump's declaration, they will still need to flip four Republicans in order to send the measure to the president's desk, where he's said he will veto it. 

Several Republicans have voiced concerns about the emergency declaration. Trump, in a tweet on Monday morning, urged Republican senators to be "strong and smart" when a vote comes before the Senate. 

"I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security. Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country - and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats 'trap' of Open Borders and Crime!" he wrote in the tweet. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Trump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' MORE (Maine) was the first Republican senator to say that she will vote for the resolution of disapproval and voiced concerned that Trump's decision could negatively impact projects in her home state. 

"I believe it will pass the House, and, I don't know what the vote situation will be in the Senate, nor do I know exactly what that resolution will say but it is a privileged matter. That means that it will come before the Senate for a vote, and if it's a clean disapproval resolution, I will support it," she told reporters in Maine last week.