CLICK TO SHARE
Does anyone care about long-term consequences for precedents set in the short term any more? I thought this argument died when Harry Reid pursued the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Barack Obama to stack the DC Circuit. Nevertheless, Sen. Marco Rubio gamely raises the point about loosening the standards for presidential emergency declarations as Donald Trump considers the option during his visit to the border. Today it’s national security on the southern frontier, Rubio tells CNBC’s Squawk Box, but Trump won’t be president forever. Tomorrow it might be climate change and the Green New Deal:
A national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump over border security could wind up hurting Republicans, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio told CNBC on Wednesday.
The Florida Republican contended that Trump was elected on the promise of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and the president has to “keep that promise.” But “we have to be careful about endorsing broad uses of executive power,” he added. “I’m not prepared to endorse that right now.”
Such a declaration would set a precedent, Rubio said. “If today, the national emergency is border security … tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change.”
That may be a wee bit of a stretch, as any Green New Deal implemented by emergency declaration would be seriously limited anyway. Emergency declarations don’t give presidents much authority over the private sector, as the Supreme Court decided in Youngstown, and most of that progressive pipe dream focuses on shutting down the fossil-fuel industry. The ability to repurpose federal spending may even be debatable with an executive-branch declaration, which would strip the legislative branch of its main authority to direct funding.
Post a comment.
CLICK TO SHARE