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Mar 14, 2019 12:14 AM 1+ week ago

By MATTHEW DALY and GARY D. ROBERTSON - Associated Press - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tillis announced his change of heart on the Senate floor, minutes before the Senate voted to disapprove Trump's declaration.

"A lot has changed over the last three weeks," when he laid out his objections to the president's action in an op-ed in The Washington Post, Tillis said.

After discussing the issue with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials, as well as Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Tillis said he is optimistic lawmakers can change the way national emergencies are declared.

"The concerns I've raised were never about what President Trump is trying to accomplish but rather with setting a precedent that a future Democratic president would exploit to bypass Congress," he said, adding that he is "incredibly encouraged by the historic commitment from the president to restore proper balance between the executive and legislative branches."

In the meantime, Tillis said, "I think we ...

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