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Trump, GOP watch for Tillis vote on border emergency
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Mar 14, 2019 12:14 AM 1+ week ago


WASHINGTON - The White House is watching him. Republicans in Washington and battleground North Carolina are taking note. And Sen. Thom Tillis is again in the tense middle of a test of how closely he'll stand with President Donald Trump.

"Just another day at the office," Tillis, R-N.C., told reporters on the way into yet another Republican meeting on whether to reverse the president's declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall. Just over an hour later, the GOP senators emerged with an answer: The vote is going to go against Trump, possibly with Tillis' help.

Tillis' strong statements of opposition to Trump's use of executive power are not the first time the former IBM consultant and state House speaker has defied the president, who often views other Republicans in terms of their loyalty to him. Tillis partnered with Democrats earlier this year on legislation to protect ...

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