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


Four other Republican senators have publicly expressed reservations about the emergency declaration, anxious that a Democratic president could someday point to Trump's action to justify declarations of their own on matters the GOP opposes.

In contrast, 60 percent of Democrat and Independent voters said they would likely vote against a member of Congress who voted in favor of the national emergency, compared to 16 percent of whom would more likely vote for a member of Congress who backed the Trump's emergency powers to build the wall.

Lee told a reporter for The Hill that he'll vote for the disapproval resolution.

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The report by Statistics Canada also shined a spotlight on the participation rate of women in the workforce. In an economy with more than half a million vacant jobs, many seem to be finding work.

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.

The White House and GOP senators are in the midst of a last ditch scramble to save President Donald Trump from an embarrassing defeat - and Republicans from the political backlash of turning on the President. Still, Congress would be highly unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to eventually override a veto. After that meeting, one of the four Republican senators who previously backed the House resolution - North Carolina's Thom Tillis - said a deal to revise the National Emergencies Act could change his stance.

In a statement issued later, the Utah senator said, "Unfortunately, it appears the bill does not have an immediate path forward, so I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration". Lee said the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which gives the president power to declare emergencies without Congress, allows the executive to act "like a king". The White House, so far, has declined to provide that commitment.

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That left the country with a trade surplus of $4.12 billion for the month, much smaller than forecasts of $26.38 billion. Trump made the comments Friday as he left the White House to tour tornado damage in the southern USA state of Alabama.

Brown said he doesn't object to finding a "long term answer", to keep presidents from declaring emergencies in non-emergency situations, but said he didn't know of any cases where past presidents abused the law. If Trump would commit to signing a bill that would handcuff future emergency declarations, some of those senators might support his border declaration.

A Senate vote is expected Thursday on a measure to reject Trump's emergency declaration, which he's using to get access to billions of dollars for building border barriers. Trump had repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall, which is not happening. Another senior administration official said Pence heard the senators out and would take their arguments back to Trump.

The Trump campaign quickly spoke out on Pelosi's comments and argued that Democrats running for office should be asked if they think the president should be impeached. That 30-day approval window would apply after Trump's current border declaration expires in one year, meaning it could remain in place for at least a year without congressional approval.

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He also said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked India to send evidence it has against anybody. They can further that goodwill by dismantling the terrorist networks that operate within Pakistan.