He still refuses to say whether he would vote for or against the Democratic resolution which passed the House last week on largely party lines.
“I’m trying to get a result here,” he said. “I know some in the media are very eager to see an immediate decision, but that’s not the way I look at this.”
That’s true: Portman has a long history of attempts at deal-making with Democrats and Republicans. During the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year, for example, Portman spent hours meeting with other senators trying to find a solution to the impasse, only to see Trump decide to find a solution on his own. He’s also been involved in a “supercommittee” that sought to but was unable to find a solution to a budget crisis in 2011 and last year was involved in a committee that pushed for, but did not reach, a compromise on a multi-employer pension crisis that threatens the pensions of 66,000 Ohioans.
Portman said he’s hoping Trump will “pull back” his emergency and allow Congress to solve the problem through the legislative process.
“My position is I’m trying to come up with an alternative way to deal with this,” he said.
At least four Republicans senators have said they plan to back the Democrat–sponsored, House–passed bill to undo Trump’s emergency declaration: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine. Trump has vowed to veto any measure overriding the national emergency.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D–Ohio, has indicated he’ll back the House-passed resolution.