"The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass".
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's so-called Article One Act could give political leverage to Republicans who believe the executive branch has too much power, but don't want to cross Trump by voting in favor of a bill blocking his border emergency declaration.
Opposition by a few Republican senators to President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the U.S. -Mexico border appears to be softening.
Trump was referring to an interview published Monday in the Washington Post Magazine in which Pelosi, who returned to power after Democrats won decisively in last year's midterms, said, "I'm not for impeachment". The resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress to override a veto.
The Senate is require to vote on the resolution by Friday.
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Lee's proposal, released late Tuesday, says a presidential emergency would last 30 days unless Congress votes to extend it.
"After Pelosi's comments, Republicans countered, asking why Democrats would have issued 81 document requests to people associated with President Trump if they're not already planning on impeachment". Congress has never before voted to overturn a president's emergency declaration.
"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover". The White House, so far, has declined to provide that commitment. John Cornyn, R-Texas, an adviser to Senate GOP leadership, said of the eleventh-hour White House lobbying effort. All expressed concern that future Democratic presidents would exploit Trump's action and declare their own national emergencies to fulfill campaign promises.
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.
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.
Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said her boss backs the bill because he "supports narrowing the scope of the National Emergencies Act so that Congress will have more control over these decisions in the future".
The senator cautioned that Trump's position may still change - "It is only Wednesday, and it is the Trump administration".