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December 22, 2020

Justin Amash Proposes Bill to Limit the Powers the President Can Give Himself in an "Emergency" Which He Alone Decides Exists

Seems necessary.

Democrats and RINOs will block it.

According to Reason, Amash introduced the National Emergencies Reform Act which has the ability to limit the control a president has over emergency powers. With Democrats likely to take control for the next four years, it's a bill that could severely limit the power the authoritarian party has over the people.

As Reason explains, declaring emergency powers gives the President a great deal of power and can retain that power in perpetuity if they see fit. Dozens of emergencies declared decades ago are still in effect now:

Under current law, the executive office can invoke a national emergency to enact a policy that lawmakers might otherwise reject. Such a declaration can go on without an end in sight: The National Emergencies Act (NEA) currently holds that an "emergency" is only over when the president says it is, or when Congress passes a veto-proof resolution.

Of the 69 national emergencies declared since the NEA's inception in 1976, 35 are still ongoing. Seven originated with President Donald Trump, 10 with President Barack Obama, 11 with President George W. Bush, and six with President Bill Clinton. The remaining one dates back to the reign of Jimmy Carter.

Amash's bill will neuter this rule by making any emergency declaration a 60-day affair at most and can only continue if congress votes to keep it going.

Chinese-Money Mitch and his Corporate Toady Enforcer John Thune will block it.



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