Cornyn to Cosponsor Lee Bill to Amend the National Emergencies Act


In: All News   Posted 03/13/2019
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‘I've heard concerns raised by my constituents and colleagues about the use of emergency powers in this situation, and I share some of those concerns. I still believe that the regular appropriation process should always be used.’

‘I think our discussion should focus on the structure of emergency powers laws moving forward and whether Congress has delegated too much power not just to this president, but to any president, under these circumstances.’

‘I intend to cosponsor a bill introduced by our colleague, Senator Lee from Utah, to give Congress a stronger voice in the processes under the National Emergencies Act.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced his intent to cosponsor a provision introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to ensure Congress has a greater role under the National Emergencies Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“I've heard concerns raised by my constituents and colleagues about the use of emergency powers in this situation, and I share some of those concerns. I still believe that the regular appropriation process should always be used.”

“Rather than engaging with the president and debating whether the president has the authority to declare a national emergency for border security, which he clearly does, I think our discussion should focus on the structure of emergency powers laws moving forward and whether Congress has delegated too much power not just to this president, but to any president, under these circumstances.”

“I think that is a serious over delegation of authority by Congress to the Executive branch, which is why I intend to cosponsor a bill introduced by our colleague, Senator Lee from Utah, to give Congress a stronger voice in the processes under the National Emergencies Act.”