They added that the bill, if enacted, would represent a "small, nonpartisan step toward re-establishing the appropriate checks and balances between the Congress and the Executive.""Congress cannot continue to cede its powers to another branch, regardless of who is President or which party holds a majority," the senators wrote in the letter, which was released on Friday.
A bipartisan group of senators want the Senate to vote on legislation reining in a president's emergency powers.
Fifteen senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE (D-N.Y.) calling for the legislation, known as the Article One Act, to be "considered by the full Senate as soon as possible."
The letter makes an indirect reference to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE, noting that "recent emergency declarations have highlighted this issue."
But the letter comes as the Senate failed to override Trump's veto of a resolution that would have nixed his emergency declaration to secure funding for the border wall. The resolution canceling the declaration initially passed the Senate last month with 54 votes.
Under the National Emergencies Act, Congress can force a vote on Trump's emergency declaration every six months. It was the second time Congress had voted to end the emergency declaration but failed to override a veto from Trump.
The Senate legislation would end future national emergencies after 30 days unless Congress voted to extend them. It was passed out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in July.