The Republican Party is divided over whether to use a federal court’s ruling in a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act to overturn President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the international trade pact.
The court ruled in March that the president violated federal law by unilaterally withdrawing from the TPP, and Trump’s allies and detractors are already taking their fight to the courts.
But the party has not yet decided what it will do next, and many members are reluctant to take a stand on the issue until after a midterm election that could give Republicans an opportunity to re-elect Trump.
Here’s a look at what the party might do in the event of a Trump decision.
The Trump decision to pull out is the biggest single legislative victory of the president’s first term.
It is also likely to be the most costly one.
Republicans in Congress, who are on the verge of having a midterm midterm election in which Trump is not seeking re-election, have been reluctant to use the courts to take on Trump, even as they are working to make good on a campaign promise to cut the federal budget.
“It’s been the most politically costly decision we’ve made in this country,” Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., a former Trump ally, said last month.
“I can’t imagine the political fallout if we had taken the case to the Supreme Court.”
But even Republicans are not willing to put a price tag on the decision.
They said the GOP is unlikely to seek a court challenge to the president because they would lose a big majority in the Senate and a large number of House seats.
In any case, the party is split on the question of whether Congress should take the case.
“If the president is in violation of the constitution, the president has violated the law,” Rep., Rep. Pete Sessions, R