Murkowski 'likely' to support resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration
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GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal MORE (Alaska) said over the weekend that she is "likely" to support a resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 PelosiTrump knocks testimony from 'Never Trumpers' at Louisiana rally Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' USMCA deal close, but not 'imminent,' Democrats say 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action 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 CollinsOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families 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.