A new Senate bill is circulating that aims to reduce the amount of power the President Trump has to declare national emergencies. What’s worse is that it’s led and supported by Republicans.
Claiming that Congress need to reclaim lost power, Republican Senator Mike Lee is pushing the bill.
“If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame,” Lee declared in a statement.
“Congress gave these legislative powers away in 1976 and it is far past time that we as an institution took them back,” he continued. “If we don’t want our president acting like a king we need to start taking back the legislative powers that allow him to do so.”
Even the name of the bill is abrasive. An acronym for “Article One,” it reads: “Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies Act.”
The bill would permit Congress 30 days after a national emergency was declared to vote to extend it. If an extension wasn’t agreed upon then the emergency decree would automatically terminate.
Currently 15 Republicans are backing the bill and they include Sens. Chuck Grassley, Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Jerry Moran, Lamar Alexander, Ben Sasse, Roy Blunt, Rob Portman, Todd Young, Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Roger Wicker.
The only upside to this unfortunate break in party lines is that even if the bill should pass, it will not affect President Trump’s current emergency declaration over border security.