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Sen. Portman Wants Way Other Than Emergency Declaration To Fund Border Wall

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman
J. Scott Applewhite
Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has yet to decide whether he will vote in favor of a bill rejecting President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the border wall. 

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Portman said he needs more information on where funding for the wall would come from.

“My position is I’m trying to come up with an alternative way to deal with this, either having the resolution not come before us in its current form, which is possible because we can amend it and we've been working on that as early as this morning, and we’ll see what we can come up with,” Portman said.

While Portman has yet to decide on his vote, he did say he doesn’t think there is a crisis at the border.

Meanwhile Senate Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Monday that the measure rejecting the national emergency declaration will likely pass with the support of a handful of Republicans.

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