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The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to affirm the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, further bolstering the likelihood that Trump will be fully impeached by the House before the end of the year.

Once the House votes in the affirmative, the articles of impeachment will be sent to trial in the Republican-dominated Senate, and—judging from a recent Trump campaign fundraising email—Trump is already working to ensure that Republican senators don't vote to remove him.

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President Donald Trump's declaration of a so-called national emergency at the southern border was seen by many as an improper use of executive emergency powers in an effort to secure funding for a border wall.

The move was so controversial that twelve Republican senators crossed party lines to vote yes on a motion of disapproval for the declaration—enough to pass the motion and force Trump to veto it.

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: the U.S. Senate voted on 2 competing proposals to re-open the government this afternoon. The first, which would fund President Donald Trump's border wall, failed by a vote of 50-47. The second, which was a Democratic proposal to fund the government for 2 weeks without any money for the border wall, failed 52-44, including 6 Republicans who voted Yes including Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT.)

Despite claims by President Donald Trump that Republicans are completely in support of both his border wall and his government shutdown, GOP members of Congress indicate otherwise. The only GOP member of the House to represent a district along the Mexican border called Trump's wall the "most expensive and least effective" form of border security; Republican members of the House supported a bill that failed to fund the border wall; and now three Republican Senators announced they would also support reopening the government without funding Trump's wall.

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Republican Senators Cory Gardner (CO) and Susan Collins (ME) have announced they would support reopening the federal government without President Donald Trump's desired $5 billion funding for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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