While Donald Trump seems to be having an extremely difficult time accepting the fact that he’s not a king, the Republican Party has actually sent him a surprisingly strong message to put him back in his place.
After the president completely fabricated a national emergency to get his racist border wall funded, over a dozen Republican politicians have come forward and introduced legislation that would give Congress greater power to terminate irresponsible declarations like Trump’s.
Putting a major damper on the president’s emergency powers, The Hill reported:
The legislation, spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would require that Congress pass a resolution extending an emergency declaration after 30 days for it to continue, otherwise it would be terminated.”
Sen. Lee put out a statement that said:
If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame. Congress gave these legislative powers away in 1976 and it is far past time that we as an institution took them back. 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.”
The Hill also reported who the supporting GOP Senators were:
In addition to Lee, GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Todd Young (Ind.), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Roger Wicker (Miss.) are supporting the legislation.”
It’s about time Republicans starting doing their jobs and checking Trump. This legislation is called the Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies (or ARTICLE ONE) Act, and it would significantly change the authority that Congress has over national emergency declarations.
This is major dig at Trump, from his own party. Considering that the Senate is to vote on his national emergency in just a few days, this can’t be a good sign for the president – but it’s a great sign for America.
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