This is kinda bizarre – Pelosi is now refusing to help Republicans pass limitations on Trump over the national emergency!!
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the House would not take up proposed Senate legislation to rein in national emergency powers, a bill put forward as part of an effort to give Republicans cover to side with President Trump on the border wall.
GOP senators are in talks with the White House about changing the National Emergencies Act, the 1976 law that Trump invoked to declare his national emergency to direct extra funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That would give Senate Republicans uncomfortable with the national emergency room to avoid defying Trump.
Pelosi sought to make clear that wouldn’t fly with House Democrats, issuing her statement on the eve of the expected Senate vote on a resolution disapproving of Trump’s emergency declaration. The House passed that resolution late last month.
She says it’s because Republicans want to give themselves cover to let him have one national emergency:
“Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.”
I mean, yes, she’s right about that. But it would also be good for Congress to regain some of the power that they have stupidly given up to the executive in past decades. She’s trying to play hardball when Republicans already are in a bad position to force Trump to sign their bill. I’m guessing that means this bill is dead dead dead. But Republicans just don’t have the political will to stop Trump on his first national emergency declaration.