Democrats spun their opposition to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the border as defending the Constitution. But they have already proven that their opposition is based on politics, not the Constitution.
U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would automatically terminate national emergencies after 30 days unless Congress votes to continue them. It would take effect for future emergency declarations.
How did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi react to this proposed legislation? She came out against it.
The House will not take up a Senate GOP bill that could give Republicans political cover as they vote on whether to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.
By promising not to bring the legislation to the floor, Pelosi hopes to put pressure on Republican lawmakers who are trying to balance their desire to support Trump’s immigration policy and their professed concerns about presidential power. Later Wednesday, Trump himself dashed hopes for one alternative that would give lawmakers more power to check future emergency declarations — but not the current one.
During a Senate Republican lunch, the president called Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and said he would not back the senator’s legislation to give Congress more power over emergency declarations, a Lee spokesman said. Under Lee’s proposal unveiled Tuesday, national emergencies would end after 30 days if Congress does not vote to extend them. Politico first reported Trump’s call to Lee. […]
[…]”Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover,” the California Democrat said in a statementWednesday. “The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.”
When presented an opportunity to take back power from the executive branch, Pelosi said no and decided to play politics. What a waste of an opportunity by Congress to take back its powers from the “imperial presidency” that has been growing in power since the days of FDR, if not before.
This whole exercise proves that Democrats did not oppose the national emergency based on the Constitution or limiting the powers of the presidency. They opposed the national emergency because they are opposed to securing the southern border.
Democrats are playing politics with both national security, which is what at the end of the day border security boils down to and the Constitution. They shouldn’t be taken seriously on this issue.