More than a dozen Republican Senators introduce bill that would make it harder for presidents to declare national emergencies.

By |2019-03-13T08:49:06-08:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

It appears that Trump is even freaking out the Republicans. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

More than a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for Congress to terminate future national emergency declarations, days before the chamber will vote on President Trump’s.

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 the declaration would be terminated.

“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,” Lee said in a statement.

In addition to Lee, GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), 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.

The legislation — known as the Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies (Article One) Act — would be a significant change to the mechanism Congress has to block a national emergency declaration.

I don’t believe that we have ever had a case where a president’s own party has felt the need to introduce legislation to restrict his abuse of power. 

We are truly living in bizarre times. 

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  1. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 4:13 am - Reply

    What a stupid name for an act.
    “Strange days indeed.” — John Lennon

  2. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 5:53 am - Reply

    The only reason the republicans proposed this bill is because they are worried a Democratic president would use this for climate change or gun control. They could careless what trump does.

    • Junebug March 14, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply


    • Anonymous March 19, 2019 at 11:47 am - Reply

      It’s also why Trump is exempted and it only applies to future presidents. I think they already know they’re going to lose big time in 2020.

  3. Beaglemom March 14, 2019 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Senate Republicans are terrified that Democrats will take over the Senate and the White House in 2020. That’s the reason for the legislation. They have no interest at all in curbing Don the Con.

  4. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Agree with Beaglemom and Anon 5:53 above. Repubs actions are always to thwart Democrats, now or in the future. GOPers care nothing for the common good and are terrified of Trump or of not being re-elected themselves.

  5. aNOn March 14, 2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

    OT/ HORSE HEAD? “sleep well tonight.”
    ” “It is a horrible thing to watch the president of the United States act like this. Nixon didn’t talk like this in public, it’s extraordinary.” “what we are listening here to by the president of the United States, whether it constitutes impeachable offense” or even outright criminal behavior. “There is a matrix of a cover up in front of our very eyes,””

  6. anonymous March 14, 2019 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Turkey, which has repeatedly pressed Riyadh to reveal more details of the killing, said Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it wanted to avoid questions over the “sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom”.

  7. aNOn March 14, 2019 at 8:48 am - Reply

    OP OT? Bet Not
    “Chinese officials are working hard to clinch a trade deal with the Trump administration, and these developments are linked, even when no direct connections are drawn.” “there has been evident coordination between the Chinese and North Koreans during the Trump presidency.” “Xi last week removed from his calendar a trip to Mar-a-Lago to clinch a trade deal at the end of this month. The narrative is that he was concerned that the American leader would walk out on him as he walked out on Kim Jong Un in Hanoi at the end of last month.

    There is, however, an alternative explanation. Perhaps the deferral of the trip to Florida is the result of Xi waiting for Kim to cause more trouble—missile or rocket launch?—so that the Chinese can appear to come to Trump’s rescue on denuclearization and therefore win trade CONcessions.”

  8. anonymous March 14, 2019 at 9:05 am - Reply
  9. anonymous March 14, 2019 at 9:10 am - Reply

    “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told Breitbart
    (Google cache version.) We can’t sugarcoat this.
    The President of the United States is encouraging the military, police, and bikers to violently attack his critics on the left.
    Imagine a 2011 Obama interview in which he mused about the New Black Panthers supporting him in case things
    “got to a certain point.” This, too, must be read as part of Trump’s campaign of stochastic terrorism. He is inviting average people to commit violence on his behalf, but distancing himself from it with the pretense that he’s just stating a “truth” about “the way it is.”

  10. Anonymous in Chicago March 15, 2019 at 9:42 am - Reply

    This bill is for FUTURE emergency declarations. How many of those legislators voted for yesterdays bill in the Senate to deny Trump his Emergency funding? Some but not all of them because they are still afraid of Trump.

    Look at all the damage Trump has done to our country. We’ve had to endure this moron throughout the Obama Administration with his “birther” nonsense and his sick & erratic behavior throughout the last 2 years of his Presidency. I’m so sick of this moron and the Republican sycophants destroying this country. We can’t rely on Robert Mueller & the SDNY to be this country’s only hope. We need to continue to take to the streets (and the internet) through demonstrations, write our current elected officials and then vote out this bunch of cowards.

    I swear, Trump and the stupid Republican politicians are giving me an ulcer.

  11. Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Except for Trump. He gets a pass.

    Basically they’re trying to set a precedent to hogtie future DEMOCRATIC presidents while letting Orange Foolius continue to destroy the country and spit on the Constitution.

    Luckily, it failed.

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