House Republicans are pursuing an effort to pull back the president’s authority to declare national emergencies — but only after the GOP shows support for Donald Trump’s use of emergency powers on the House floor Tuesday.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said in an exclusive interview that he plans to unveil a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday that would require Congress to approve an executive declaration within 60 days or else it expires. Under current law, lawmakers have the option to disapprove of a president’s national emergency, but congressional approval is not required. And the president can veto a disapproval resolution.
Reed argues that his measure would put Congress on equal footing with the executive branch and force lawmakers to go on the record on every future national emergency declaration.