Portman Is 'Uncomfortable' Supporting Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Feb 27, 2019

Senator Rob Portman said he is undecided on how he will vote on the proposal to reject President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall.

Portman agrees immigration, trafficking and drugs are creating a crisis at the border, but he wants to know where funding for the president’s priorities will come from.

“The question is can he find funds from other areas, and I think there are some where you don’t need to have an emergency that he can use. I support those, and the question is on the emergency side which funds would he use…and how would he describe that or defend that against a potential lawsuit.”

The House voted Tuesday to overturn the emergency declaration. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote before the March 18th recess.