Utah Sen. Mike Lee just introduced a bill to prevent President Trump from 'acting like a king'

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  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    I mean really, what would Utah politicians know about acting like royalty?

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    March 14, 2019 11:00 p.m.

    @ Frozen Fractals who says "@Terry
    "Where were all these liberal and conservative hypocrites when Obama and Clinton declared 40 so called fake national emergencies? Was Obamacare truly a national emergency when King Obama couldn't get the votes from Congress to fund it?"

    That is so blatantly false. Obamacare passed through House and Senate votes and was not a national emergency declaration. "

    Frozen, you need to get your facts straight. Obama did declare over 10 national emergencies, most of which had nothing to do with the US nor its security. Do a little research.

    I don't appreciate DN using this incendiary headline because, as many have pointed out, preceding presidents have used their exec office to declare a vast number of so-called emergencies. I don't think if fare to call out President Trump on this one when it more resembles an emergency than any of Obama's emergency orders.

  • MrWareWolf , UT
    March 14, 2019 8:39 a.m.

    Nobody wants this. Act on behalf of the people who elected you, for once. Things like this are exactly why we want term limits, drug tests, mandatory participation in public health care, no perpetual paychecks and deep background checks on all government officials. If it's good enough for the public then it's mandatory for every elected official.

  • OldSalt94 West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:55 p.m.

    I have a comment for Mr. Lee, though he will never read it, Term Limits for Congress. #TL4USC
    We didn’t limit the President to two terms, congress did after Roosevelt was nearly in his 4th term.
    We the people need to limit the legislative branch and the executive branch, by being more involved and stop letting the elite run the country. We can do this by taking away the power of lobbyists.
    I mean really, how does a member of Congress who allegedly is paid nearly $200,000 a year become a millionaire after one or two terms in office?
    President Trump is no more a king than Obama was. He is just getting more negative press from the MSM. Anyone can pull up old news stories to verify the difference of coverage.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    March 13, 2019 5:11 p.m.

    What a misleading headline by the DesNews. This legislation introduced by Sen. Lee is to help "reign in" all future presidents so they don't "act like kings" in declaring national emergiencies. President Trump is not the first nor will he be the last to use this power that was given to all Presidents by congress many years ago.

  • TruckerLori MSC, UT
    March 13, 2019 3:25 p.m.

    @ Frozen Fractals
    This sort of criticism pointed towards Obama by someone supporting Trump is really just... it'd be funny except that it shows people actually believe this nonsense.
    Sad to say people do believe this nonsense. I remember hearing George W Bush was running for a third term and was shocked at how many democrats believed it! And boy, it sure did help bring out the vote! It worked so well the republicans did it with Barack Obama. I didn't believe it then either. Now they're trying it with President Trump. He hasn't even run for reelection so I'm thinking they are a little ahead with the narrative this time.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    OK, your personal opinion to protect Lee is not part of the requirements for denying a comment.

    I "quoted" what Mike Lee said, and I "quoted" what Delassale said in his comment.

    Since you've allowed what Delassale said, agreeing with it is not a violation of any rules. Quoting Mike Lee is also not a violation of any rules.

    Do you want to approve this, send it to an editor for review or do you want me to send it to an editor also.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 13, 2019 12:12 p.m.

    We have been this way for some time now, but this illustrates it perfectly.

    Congress is dysfunctional. But anyone can grab headlines by "introducing a bill to _______." Of course, nothing will become of it, but it looks good at campaign time.

    Ben McAdams can truthfully say, I introduced legislation to balance the budget.

    Lee can say, I introduced a bill to check Trump's authority.

    There is no harm done politically, and no one takes it seriously, but you've got campaign fodder.

    Look at all the noise made about immigration reform, campaign finance, repealing Obamacare, etc. Lots of talk. Lots of headlines. No action.

    After a while you start ignoring what they say.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    March 13, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    "Senate republicans told The Hill that there would have to be an “ironclad promise from Trump to sign Lee’s bill in order to flip Republicans who currently say they will vote ‘no.’”

    An “ironclad promise"? Well, that's certainly reassuring.

    That guffawing in the background is coming from Ivana, Marla, Melania, and the 5000+ businesses that have filed lawsuits against Trump for breach of contract.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    @slackoff
    "Obama a famiy man? Are you kidding me, his only concern was for his family. His presidency was all about HIM, and what was going to keep him popular. Trump could be in office for 8 years and never undue what Obama
    so shamefully did."

    This sort of criticism pointed towards Obama by someone supporting Trump is really just... it'd be funny except that it shows people actually believe this nonsense.

    @yadayada
    "Remember Obama was considering running the third term? "

    No wonder Trump loves the poorly educated... they appear to be his base. And I'm sure someone is going to be like 'Obama said he would've won a third term' and to that I would note that talking about a hypothetical is not the same as considering running when it's not even allowed. Trump said he could stand in 5th Avenue and shoot someone and not lose any support but only a fool would interpret that as Trump considering shooting someone.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    @Terry
    "Where were all these liberal and conservative hypocrites when Obama and Clinton declared 40 so called fake national emergencies? Was Obamacare truly a national emergency when King Obama couldn't get the votes from Congress to fund it?"

    That is so blatantly false. Obamacare passed through House and Senate votes and was not a national emergency declaration.

    @slackoff
    "Where was the outrage when Obama was doing the same thing to get what he wanted. "

    The assertion that he used national emergency declarations in this way is just false. A list of national emergency declarations is easy to look up. Obama had 10 that are similar to Trump's non-controversial first three, and one that was on the H1N1 epidemic. Obama never used these as a follow-up to losing a budget fight.

    @Musketman
    "The reason EO's are getting so prevalent."

    They aren't. The 6 most recent presidents (Obama being the lowest) issue EOs at 34.6-47.6 per year paces. The 6 before that ranged from 60.5-75.4/yr. The 8 before that averaged 116.7/yr (Truman) to 307.8/yr (FDR).

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    trump is setting an awful precedent by claiming the border wall is a national emergency. Far too many republicans are letting him do it.
    Let's see how supportive they are when a Democratic president declares a national emergency for something just as trivial. The GOP would be claiming the president is a dictator if this was something President Obama did.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    March 13, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    @Yuge Opportunity, I'm grateful to see you coming down on enforcing the law, even when it isn't popular with everybody. Have you written to your congressmen and urged them to pass a law protecting the independence of the Mueller investigation?

    [Breaking news--Manafort was sentenced to 3.5 MORE years in prison and indicted on a new bunch of financial crimes. Cheers from all of us who believe in punishment for crimes].

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    I marvel that this bill was introduced at JUST the right minute as to effect any future emergency declarations from the next (democratic) president, but was brought to attention too late in the game to effect Trump's current "emergency" declaration..

    My, how convenient for the GOP...

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    Too Late!!1

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    @Yadayada: contrary to the misleading headline, which apparently achieved its desired effect, Sen. Lee never mentioned President Trump. The idea that this bill is "to prevent President Donald Trump" is purely a leftist fantasy, a way to use the power of the press to smear the President and sway the gullible. Don't be taken in by liars, even if they work for what should be an honorable publication.

    As for voting out Romney, I'm with you there. Utah needs another real conservative, not a RINO.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:07 a.m.

    The guy who was part of shutting the government down and costing America billions cause he didn't had a temper tantrum over ObamaCare wants to stop Trumps temper tantrum.

    Heres an Idea, maybe create a bill stopping government shutdowns

  • RRB SLC, UT
    March 13, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    The business lobbyists are working overtime on this. Controlling our border scares them.

    Congress has allowed 11-22 million people to come here illegally, it's time they take responsibility and do something about it.

  • carrin , 00
    March 13, 2019 11:03 a.m.

    Trump has "shrewd business skills"? He says declaring bankruptcy is a good thing. America is not one of his dirty businesses. America does not belong to him. It belongs to We The People. He wants very much to have the same "respect" his Dictator Friends enjoy. He is not yet our King.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    March 13, 2019 11:02 a.m.

    @Yadayada wrote,

    "Mike Lee thinking the POTUS acts like king is laughable. ....Maybe IF the crazed and delusional elected representatives across the board would support President Trump, instead of HATING on him, things would get done."

    If a majority of our representatives were, indeed, crazed and delusional, Trump would declare himself Emperor for Life and he would have full support of Congress.

    I'm guessing that at least a percent of the DN readers would agree that this would be a good thing.

  • CKS007 Clearfield, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    There already is a fuse on the use of National Emergencies. National Emergencies have to be renewed every year according to the law passed in the early 70s. The longest running declarations currently in use have been renewed annually as required by this law. This includes the National Emergency declared by Carter in the 70's. Probably because they were used as the law intended.

    If Trump is able to keep his declaration from being overridden by Congress (as part of the three equal branches of government), I highly doubt the next POTUS would continue this particular National Emergency declaration. In all likelihood, that person could cancel it.

    The law that enacts the National Emergencies should be used for the correct purpose.

  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:40 a.m.

    All American, National Emergencies are declared by Executive Order. They differ from other EOs only in their reporting and renewal requirements.

    Yadayada, No one remembers when Obama considered running for a third term. It never happened.

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:40 a.m.

    @dpal:
    "However, I think the title of the article is misleading"
    Bingo. It demonstrates outright bias and partisanship, which utterly destroys trust in the media.

    @OlderGreg:
    "Eliminate "Trump" from the headline ---- it is **not** a partisan issue."
    You're absolutely right. It would appear that there is no such thing as ethics in journalism.

    @UtahBlueDevil :
    "There are many of Trumps policies I could get behind, but the man leading the charge is so amoral I just can't get in line with him and have my name associated with his tactics and morals."
    In other words, you're judgmental about his personal failings and embarrassed by him. Despite that all human beings are sinners, you've been propagandized by the media/entertainment/socialist complex to fear the same hatred and ridicule they have directed at him.

    Thank God President Donald J. Trump isn't a coward.

  • Not another naysayer Lehi, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    It is amazing the amount of criticism responders have to this article, suggesting that Lee is doing it for his own career, and complaining "Where was Lee standing up against Trump in the past" etc.

    Come on, stop the put downs.

    I am all for Trump building a border wall. It is indeed a crisis and in many ways. That said, I am concerned that Obama, Trump or any president getting too much authority that may usurp Congress. As much as we need to secure the border, and we do, we also need to secure our governments "checks and balances"of the 3 branches of government.

    My kudos to Lee.

  • oldmcwife Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:28 a.m.

    oldmcwife, Salt Lake City, UT

    If you call Trump a king, then Obama was a dictator with puppets in Congress pushing his socialism. Trump, whether you like his personality and style, and for all his faults, has a start on bringing back the Republic. Congress has been derelict for too many years, full of self-righteous and negative people. Why do voters continue to sustain them ?

  • Poqui Murray, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    Good job Senator Lee, the emergency powers granted to a president in 1976 go beyond what was intended in the Constitution.

  • Yadayada Orem, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:07 a.m.

    Mike Lee thinking the POTUS acts like king is laughable. Remember Obama was considering running the third term? Talk about a wannabe dictator.

    Maybe IF the crazed and delusional elected representatives across the board would support President Trump, instead of HATING on him, things would get done.

    President Trump has done an AMAZING job using his shrewd businessman skills, while the entire democrats and RINOs (Mitt Romney) are against him. BUILD the BORDER WALL !!! Our country truly is in CRISIS.

    VOTE Lee and Romney OUT, both are an embarrassment to the RED state.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    I rarely agree with Mike Lee, but on this, he is absolutely correct.

    However, I hope he doesn't compromise his principles and sign onto the Pence deal. That would be a big stap backwards on Lee's own principles.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    March 13, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    @kreese wrote,

    "For forty years, neither party has done anything to fix the border. Not only that, our government didn't even enforce the laws on the books. Now we have drugs, gangs, diseases coming across the border in record numbers, and there's no crisis?"

    kreese, the issue is not "fixing" the border, but fixing the immigration policy to something that reflects the realities. The reality is that farmers need people to harvest their crops, and that the only way to do this is to hire undocumented workers. The reality is that parents across the country are able to work only because the only child care they can afford means an undocumented sitter. In the case of the farm workers, it's not a matter of paying more for American workers. Ask any farmer who has tried it--they will tell you that at least 80% of their American workers quit within three days.

    The drugs are coming through ports of entry. And please, tell me which "diseases" are coming across. Did you know that Mexico has an immunization rate higher than the US? And gangs? Seriously? That's what the Central American migrants are coming here to get away from.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 13, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    "I am more interested in his policies. I don't care how he speaks, if what he does is what I like."

    Says it all right there. As long as I get what I want, I don't care how it happened, who gets hurt, how divided the nation gets, what alliances we betray, how we treat each other, whether we respect others or not, as long as I get what I want, it's all good.

    And hopefully soon we will learn if and what laws were broken in the process. So long as we win, it simply doesn't matter.

    I love that the college entrance scandal has popped up. As Trump used to demand of Obama - "Show us your grades".... Mr. Trump.... show us your grades. Prove to us as you proclaim that you are the smartest person you have ever met. Show us that is was your scores in school that got you into those schools, and not your dads money.

    There are many of Trumps policies I could get behind, but the man leading the charge is so amoral I just can't get in line with him and have my name associated with his tactics and morals.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    That's the answer - start acting like a Congress.

    What does that look like? Well, instead of the fire drills called Continuing Resolutions, debate and pass a budget.

    And enforce immigration laws.

    And fix loopholes in the asylum laws.

    And fix loopholes in the ID fraud laws.

    And fund detention beds.

    And make E Verify mandatory.

    And fund deportation.

    And fund interior enforcement.

    And create new rules for circuit courts to stop the injunction mania.

    Then the president won't have to take matters into his own hands.

    Or....you could just dance to the big donor pipers, as you have for the last 30 years when it comes to immigration.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    March 13, 2019 9:49 a.m.

    @Ray E, the military leaders do NOT get a budget which they can spend as they wish. For decades, military services' budgets have included many billions of dollars worth of equipment that they did NOT want--but which Congress voted for because it was going to be manufactured in some congressman's home state, and the senate majority leader or the speaker of the house owed said congressman a favor.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    I am an independent, been so since Ronald Reagan, who happened to be the best president in the 20th century. Lee is the best Senator Utah has had for decades and longer. He came in as a Constitutional independent and remains so. He knows what he is doing! Trump is certainly the best president since Reagan. The fact that he isn't politically correct has most of the left in an uproar because they are the leaders of Political Correctness. If anyone is delusional, it is them, not Trump. He doesn't speak with forked tongue. He says what is on his mind and doesn't care if people like it or not, a rather commendable virtue. I am more interested in his policies. I don't care how he speaks, if what he does is what I like. A sizeable portion of America feels the same and will re-elect him again in 2020. Do I think he will solve all of America's problems? Nope! America's problems have little to do with Trump and a lot more to do with the poor choices people are making in their lives, which is another reason they are angry at Trump. It gives them someone to blame their problems on! So, the wheel goes round and round. Trump 2020. Way to go Lee!

  • All American Herriman, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:31 a.m.

    Most of you commenters are conflating Executive Orders with the National Emergencies Act. They are not the same thing. Sen. Lee's bill is only about the National Emergencies Act.

    Trump has declared 4 national emergencies; Obama - 13, 9 of which are still in effect; G.W. Bush - 14, 10 are still in effect; Clinton - 14, 6 are still in effect; Reagan & elder Bush - 4 each, none still in effect. Gerald Ford signed the National Emergencies Act into law in 1976 and never used it.

    Lee's bill is basically to stop the dems "disapproval resolution" and prevent future presidents from overstepping boundaries of the National Emergencies Act.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    March 13, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    Eliminate "Trump" from the headline ---- it is **not** a partisan issue.

    The dereliction of duty via blind-eye, inappropriate delegation, and boundary pushing bluff has been going on for decades.

    Lees act is a tiny step in the right direction. The Constitutional balance of power needs to be fully restored ---all 3 branches are at fault.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:28 a.m.

    The sun will rise in the west tomorrow -- I agree with Mike Lee about something.

  • TruckerLori MSC, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly ~ Abraham Lincoln
    Thank you President Trump for enforcing this law and forcing Congress to finally do something about it. Congress... Build the wall

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    March 13, 2019 9:17 a.m.

    I believe Lee is sincere in his effort to strengthen the constitutional separation of powers. But if passed, this legislation would do nothing to stop Trump's "emergency" declaration. It only affects future emergencies.

    So, imo, this is too cute by half. GOP senators think that by voting for it, it will let them off the hook on the fake emergency. Apparently there are at least 10 GOP senators who will vote for the resolution. If this passes, that number will go down. And it really just turns those members into hypocrites.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    This is what statesmanship looks like.

    @Impartial7: "Well, it's a start. Question. Where was Lee for 2 years when Trump was acting like a king?"

    Question, where were hundreds of Democrat members of the House and Senate--as well as their pep club voters--for 8 years during Obama's excessive use of executive orders and emergencies?

    The problem is not personality--no doubt Obama makes a better neighbor or dinner guest than Trump--it is the executive bypassing the congress. And for 6 years, you were right there jusifying Obama doing so because the GOP-controlled congres would not give him everything he wanted. Today, the very man you've constantly attacked as being a right wing radical who should never have been elected is the Senator introducing a bill aimed at restraining first, the President of his own party. And yet you criticize again, forgetting your and your party's own behavior for 6 years. Short memories indeed.

    Worse than a short memory, hyper-partisianship.

    This legislation is not 2--or even 6 or 8 years--overdue. It is at least 20 or 40 years overdue. Every president--of both parties--as abused executive authority for a long time.

    See past party to some principles.

  • Stanton Spokane, WA
    March 13, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    Senator Lee is trying to solve the problem for ALL presidents including those that come in the future. This is the proper way to handle the situation rather than create a double-standard for President Trump.

    “If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame,” Lee said in the press release. “Congress gave these legislative powers away in 1976 and it is far past time that we as an institution took them back.”

  • one old man MSC, UT
    March 13, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Okay.

    But why in the world has Lee been silent on all the other sewage that has flowed from trump for more than two years?

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    March 13, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    "acting like a king?

    Try spoiled princess.

    For 2-years, the GOP-controlled Congress treated Trump like a spoiled princess and gave him every absurd thing he demanded.

    As every parent knows -- or should know -- if you treat a child like a spoiled princess and they will act like a spoiled princess.

    No new law is needed, as the U.S. Constitution gave the GOP-controlled Senate all the power to tell this guy "no" from time to time.

    Just do it.

    And no, don't expect some special recognition for simply showing up and doing your job.

  • CoolUtahDude Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:46 a.m.

    I can appreciate Senator Lee's bill to take back power from the President. However, my bigger concern and question is whether or not a bill will be presented, then passed by the Senate, that will limit the number of terms a senator can serve. In my opinion, this is the largest problem faced by the federal government today.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    March 13, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    The Lege doesn't need strengthening. It needs to do its job. And this will never happen as long as Mitch McConnell is in charge--and the Senate Repubs let him stay in charge. McConnell is cozying up to Trump, and he will let no bill even see the light of day unless Trump wants it. And despite its ability to allegedly save Trump's face, McConnel will not permit a vote on it. And Lee knew that before he wrote it.

    Senator Lee, I 'm pleased to see you concerned about propriety. But I find the situation a little hard to understand. You supported every bit of nonsense that the R leadership came up with for your entire Senate life. Remember you supporting McConnell when he refused to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland? What changed--or is this bill just grandstanding on your part?

    I'd like to see Lee support some congressional oversight into McConnell's life and finances. Mitch is not a stupid man, and yet he hitched his wagon to a demagogue's star, which, history tells us, always ends badly for the enablers.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    March 13, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    Obama a famiy man? Are you kidding me, his only concern was for his family. His presidency was all about HIM, and what was going to keep him popular. Trump could be in office for 8 years and never undue what Obama
    so shamefully did. Trump is certainly not the solution, but he is far better for this country that Obama was.

  • Red Smith , 00
    March 13, 2019 8:42 a.m.

    Who's going to prevent Congress from acting like a KING?

    Every year its hundreds of new laws and regulations. When we get to one million laws and regulations will be be safe then?

    Congress is a an overpaid joke.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:19 a.m.

    The Republican Party should have that in their platform as the nation already has that basically in the Constitution of the United States of America.

    The Tea Party of which Lee is a member didn’t worry about the Founding Fathers and their distaste for Kings and Monarchs and that kind of abuse of power. The Congress was to ensure balance and Senator Lee is a part of that ability and responsibilities.

    A lot of politician’s hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn to be honest and true to their Constitutional obligations.

    Senator Lee’s father believed that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.

    Senator Romney and the 3 GOP Elected Representatives know and believe the same.

    They should act on those beliefs and of many constituents to ensure we follow King Richard and not his Prince that treated the poor with rancorous behavior.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:14 a.m.

    In my opinion Lee is not concerned with reigning in the current president, something few Republicans including Sen. Lee seem to care about no matter how much theytalk about the constitution. I think he's doing it to stop future Democratic presidents from using President Trump's actions as precedent. We should be concerned about abuse of Presidential power no matter who is doing it. And we are seeing it with the currwnt occupant of the White House for an "emergency " that doesn't exist.

  • Desert Dog Layton, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:13 a.m.

    President Trump is only trying to do what congress should/could be doing. Protecting our border...period. No wonder their approval rating is only 19%. They sit on their hands and doing nothing to protect us as US citizens. Illegal immigration is still ILLEGAL. Do something for a change congress!!

  • mohokat , 00
    March 13, 2019 8:10 a.m.

    Congress the National Joke.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    March 13, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    To "Impartial7" the bigger question is where was this sort of legislation when Obama was President and was abusing EOs.

    To "reriding " with Obama it wasn't about the number of EOs, but the content of them. When Obama used EOs to circumvent Congress and create laws, that was wrong.

    To "unrepentant progressive" yes, Congress holds the power for spending. However, when they created the Emergency Powers Act they gave the President authorization to avoid Congress and spend money how he wants. So you see, Congress in the 1970s gave Trump the authorization to spend money to support the national emergency. No laws were broken, and the Constitution was not violated.

  • BYU Sports Nut Heber City, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:05 a.m.

    This was one of Mikes priorities when we elected him. Thank you Senator Lee. It is high time that congress step up and do their job.

  • Ray E. Provo, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:03 a.m.

    @unrepentant progressive

    Since when is Trump stealing money from the military to pay for his wall? I just heard NPR reporting that top military leaders say Trump's recommended defense budget is too HIGH, and billions should be returned for other purposes such as diplomacy and relief programs around the world. If the Pentagon says it receives plenty of money, the claim of liberals to the contrary doesn't carry much water.

  • Lia , 00
    March 13, 2019 8:00 a.m.

    Great intentions---but NOTHING will stop trump from acting like a king.
    He is delusional.

  • rickmac37 , 00
    March 13, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    What took so long, did he just wake up? Trump been in for a couple yrs now.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    This is being disloyal and hating the Donald and he now he is a Republican in America only to the far right.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 13, 2019 7:25 a.m.

    Too late. Trump has been acting like a king since before the election. And we see the many Trump supporters here who love it.

    None of this started with Obama. Trump rules over the GOP like it's his own little fiefdom/business where he's never had to answer to anyone.

    Obama at least had personal integrity and was a family man. He led the country out of the worst economic crisis in 80 years. Trump has done nothing except enrich the rich. Trump is everything the Conservatives claim to hate, yet they love him.

  • Musketman Stansbury Park, UT
    March 13, 2019 7:24 a.m.

    @reriding. The reason EO's are getting so prevalent. Is the fact with each passing year for the last 60 years. Congress has become useless and insolvent. In order for ANY President to get anything done. They will have to issue EO's and National Emergencies. IF people of this Country don't like the fact that President are issuing hundreds of EO's and a Dozen National emergencies. They need to remember how broke the system is, when go to elect their Reps and Senators.

    I can understand when people don't want to vote for the other party. But people are continually showing they wont even vote for someone different, in their OWN primaries!

  • kreese Ivins, UT
    March 13, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    Let me get this straight. For forty years, neither party has done anything to fix the border. Not only that, our government didn't even enforce the laws on the books. Now we have drugs, gangs, diseases coming across the border in record numbers, and there's no crisis?

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2019 7:03 a.m.

    Where were you during the Obama administration?

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    March 13, 2019 6:59 a.m.

    When your child is on the floor of the restaurant, kicking and screaming because you won't buy him something, you don't "help him save face". You pick him up and get him away from the audience. Children count on your being embarrassed by their behavior and being willing to give them whatever they want so they will stop. Try the word "no". They stop tantruming amazingly quickly when adults stop treating them as--yes--little kings whose wishes cannot be denied, no matter how unreasonable they are.

  • Jfronk28 Tremonton, UT
    March 13, 2019 6:06 a.m.

    We wouldn't be having this discussion if Congress were doing its job. Legislating. Our government has become useless with corrupt, career politicians that care little for the long-term well being of the country. Our only salvation is a constitutional amendment limiting the term of our so called legislators.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 13, 2019 6:02 a.m.

    Why doesn't Mike Lee just save a lot of time and money and empeach Trump?

    Case closed.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    March 13, 2019 6:00 a.m.

    Have to say obama acted more like royalty than President Trump. Guess this bill would also keep dem presidents in check too.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 13, 2019 5:30 a.m.

    "Where was the concern when Obama thought himself Emperor?"

    As usual, Trump apologists go to their favorite excuse for the President: what-about'sim. And as usual it lacks context and a fair amount of truth.

    Trump's plan is/was to steal money from the Pentagon budget, moneys allocated to improve the nation's bases and the lives of American soldiers (and their pensions too!). It is clearly unConstitutional. Congress has the sole authority to tax and spend. Period.

    Obama's executive orders were about delaying extradition of children brought to this country illegally so that Congress could work out a solution/compromise.

    I know as I type these words that it falls on deaf ears. I can only hope that some shred of doubt might prompt some of our Conservative brothers/sisters to see the truth of their political party today, and work to make it better. Without Trump'ism.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    March 13, 2019 5:02 a.m.

    Where was the outrage when Obama was doing the same thing to get what he wanted. To some degree this is a president's only solution to get anything done in government because the two sides refuse to work together on any meaningful legislation. It's great when your man is in office, it sucks when the other teams guy is in office

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    March 13, 2019 4:46 a.m.

    Lee is securing his career Senior Senator's seat permanently and will be in there for the long haul like Orrin.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2019 3:27 a.m.

    Lets vote out Mike Lee. Where were all these liberal and conservative hypocrites when Obama and Clinton declared 40 so called fake national emergencies? Was Obamacare truly a national emergency when King Obama couldn't get the votes from Congress to fund it? Why is it liberals finally call this border security a fake emergency when the constitution actually spells out border security as one of the primary duties the president has power to declare a national emergency over? People are dying trying to cross the border, drugs crossing the border killed 72,000 people last year, never worse among youth in Jr & High Schools, murders and violent criminals/gang members are crossing the border, child trafficking and child prostitution is at epidemic levels from crossing the open border. The guards & experts at the border are begging for a wall to help their jobs which are reportedly now at the breaking point with crossings at crisis levels. Millions of illegals are already in the country due to prior liberal administrations ignoring and welcoming the problem with no regard to the cost of american lives, drugs, jobs and high taxes for the great welfare problem we are inviting in.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2019 2:21 a.m.

    And now even Mike Lee, an illustrioius Conservative and Constitutional Scholar, shows his disloyalty to our Leader President Trump.

    Et tu, Brutay?

    How can Trump make America great Again, if American's refuse to support him?

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2019 1:51 a.m.

    People need to see this for what it is. The Republicans are now making a deal with Trump to give him what he wants but also limit powers of future presidents, possibly because they believe Trump will be out in 2020.

    I'm all for reducing power of the executive branch - Obama also overstepped these boundaries. However, Republicans shouldn't be giving Trump one last wish to use on whatever he wants prior to reducing these powers.

    I knew as soon as I read the headline that something fishy had to be going on with Mike Lee involved. And this is it.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    March 13, 2019 1:10 a.m.

    I don't have a problem with Trump acting like the King as long as Congress continues to act like Jesters. Lee has a lot of guts to play this game especially now. So why didn't he show up when Obama was calling the shots?

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2019 12:38 a.m.

    And just who is supposed to be watching the absolutely dysfunctional US Congress? If they did their job there wouldn't be any immigration issues, fake or otherwise, the budget would be balanced, foreign governments wouldn't be taking advantage of American interests while we turn our head the other way, and people would be responsible for their own actions across the board.

    If you or I did our work the same way the US Congress has performed theirs, we'd be unemployed in a week.

    This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. It'd be hilarious if it weren't so tragic and pathetic. Getting re-elected triumphs over principles, morals, good judgment, the ability to work together, or any other consideration. And they think they're all "statesman" and doing a wonderful job for their constituents. So they won an election----that's apparently the end of their expertise in running the country. Go figure.....

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 12:17 a.m.

    When you support a chais and anarchy leader, sooner or later you will be forced to turn on the anarchy and chaos to preserve government.

  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2019 11:10 p.m.

    Executive orders aren't new with Obama. In fact, he issued fewer than most 20th or 21st Century presidents, the only exceptions being presidents who didn't serve two full terms. Even fewer than some one term presidents. Jimmy Carter comes to mind, with 320 EOs compared to Obama's 276. A few others, Reagan 381, Clinton 364, W 291. Trump is on track to reach about 400 were he to serve two terms.

    It is certainly true that congress has abdicated much of their power, and should clearly work to regain the balance built in to our system.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    March 12, 2019 10:59 p.m.

    This can't be voted on until later in March, and not in time to make a difference with the vote this week to overturn the fake emergency. I hope no GOP senators decide to help Trump "save face" and let this fake emergency slide.

  • SorryNotSorry Draper, UT
    March 12, 2019 10:43 p.m.

    I’ve concluded that the silver lining of a Trump presidency for anyone who live our republic is a reminder that Presidents have been given far too much power by legislatures that abdicated their own. It’s a reminder that a government of 300 million is not effective and we need to bring power back to citizens, communities and states.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 12, 2019 10:39 p.m.

    Where was the concern when Obama thought himself Emperor? All he needed was his pen and his phone. Made that very clear. Only now because Trump is following Obama's lead do they want to change this.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2019 10:32 p.m.

    @Impartial7
    "Where was Lee for 2 years when Trump was acting like a king? It's only since Democrats won the House that he's suddenly concerned about Trump's behavior."

    In fairness, at least when it comes to National Emergency declarations by President Trump, his previous 3 were all reasonably in the normal scope of these things.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2019 9:38 p.m.

    Our forefathers were wise in creating 3 branches of gov't. to make it harder for there to be a king of queen running wild in the White House. They are all to be a check and balance of each other. Good reason for this when you look at North Korea, Russia, Venezuela which is in total meltdown. Socialism doesn't work but either does dictatorship. One thing that would help is for Congress to become a well functioning and responsible body to help balance out what goes on in the White House.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 12, 2019 9:37 p.m.

    There is no reason one can't vote for the resolution declaring Trump's end run on Congress unacceptable and still vote for Lee's legislation. This doesn't need to be an either or situation.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 12, 2019 9:17 p.m.

    @There You Go Again - St George, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:40 p.m.
    Too little...Too late.
    The republicans have put allegiance to trump over allegiance to America."

    You're so right. Now, the GOP is distancing themselves from Trump and hoping that American voters have short memories. Unfortunately, they do.

  • dpal Provo, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    I fully support the legislation proposed by Senator Mike Lee. However, I think the title of the article is misleading: "Utah Sen. Mike Lee just introduced a bill to prevent President Trump from 'acting like a king.' " Yes, the legislation was precipitated by actions of the current POTUS. However, the purpose of the legislation is to strengthen the legislative branch in providing appropriate checks and balances for any future administration, not just the current one. Our last POTUS was also quick to use executive orders to get what he wanted. This legislation is long overdue and hopefully will become law.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    Good to hear Trump's insatiable thirst for power, his dismembering of our democracy, and his disregard for the rule of law being met head-on by our state's great Constitutionalist, Mike Lee.

    No greater mind has ever existed and we should be thankful he's ours.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:42 p.m.

    Well, it's a start. Question. Where was Lee for 2 years when Trump was acting like a king? It's only since Democrats won the House that he's suddenly concerned about Trump's behavior.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:40 p.m.

    Too little...Too late.

    Caving to trump simply enables his demonstrated lack of integrity, ethics and morals.

    The whole thing hinges on an ironclad promise from trump.

    The premise is based upon trump saving face.

    Americans know that you can't trust trump.

    The republicans have put allegiance to trump over allegiance to America.

    Sad.