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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Wednesday he will become the fifth Republican senator to back a resolution to nullify President Donald Trump’s national emergency.
Sen. Lee announced Wednesday that, in the wake of the White House not supporting his legislation to limit the president’s authority to declare a national emergency, he will vote for a resolution that will terminate President Trump’s national emergency on the southern border.
Utah - Senator - Statement - Wednesday
The Utah senator said in a statement on Wednesday:
Congress is supposed to be the first among the federal government’s three co-equal branches. For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch. While there was attention on the issue I had hoped the ARTICLE ONE Act could begin to take that power back. Unfortunately, it appears the bill does not have an immediate path forward, so I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration. I hope this legislation will serve as a starting point for future work on this very important issue.
Tuesday - Lee - Article - ONE - Act
On Tuesday, Lee sponsored the Article ONE Act, which would limit the president’s authority to declare for only 30 days unless Congress voted to extend the emergency. Fourteen Republican senators backed the bill on Tuesday, which includes Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jim Moran (R-KS), Lamar Alexander...
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