Sen. Rob Portman backs legislation that would let Trump's border emergency stand

White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of Republican leadership, said he backed Lee's effort but noted that two key factors remain: whether Trump endorses it, and whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., commits to bringing the legislation to the floor for a vote. "If we don't want our president acting like a king we need to start taking back the legislative powers that allow him to do so".

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, "One could imagine a President who committed a felony and the House simply decided, for the good of the country, it wasn't an important felony, it was just a mistake, it's something we can deal with after a presidential term".

But approval of the resolution would highlight a clash in which Trump was being forced to protect his signature campaign promise by vetoing legislation sent to him by a Republican-led Senate. The Senate is also poised to vote on Wednesday on ending USA support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen ― legislation that the White House has threatened to veto. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto.

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GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Todd Young of IN were also IN discussions with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of future presidents to declare national emergencies. "While there was attention on the issue I had hoped the Article One Act could begin to take that power back", Lee said.

"It will be, I think, all very successful, regardless of how it all works out", Trump said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that her chamber would not consider legislation being crafted in the Senate to rein in presidential emergency powers, characterizing it as an attempt to give President Trump "a pass" on violating the Constitution. "A lot of money's being spent right now".

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Pelosi's move seemed aimed at persuading GOP senators wavering over the resolution disapproving Trump's border emergency that they would get no political protection by supporting the bill curbing future emergencies because it will never become law.

As many as 15 Republicans might vote to block Trump's emergency, said one Republican who offered the estimate only on condition of anonymity. It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it. Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups have already filed lawsuits to oppose Trump's use of a national emergency to build the border wall.

The proposal would not affect the current emergency declaration at the border but would for future declarations, including those issued by Trump. So let's do the right thing. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same goal.

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