Pelosi Threatens 'National Emergency' For Gun Control When Dems Take White House

The Speaker of the House warned Democrats could declare gun control national emergency when they win the White House.

Washington, DC – The Democratic Speaker of the House said on Thursday that if President Donald Trump used a national emergency declaration for a border wall, Democrats would retaliate with a gun control national emergency when they retook the White House.

"A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well," U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said. "So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."

Pelosi argued that the real national emergency is gun control, not border security, according to The Hill.

Her remarks fell on the first anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were gunned down by a former student.

"Let's talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America," Pelosi said. "That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”

"But a Democratic president can do that,” she added.

The Speaker said she didn’t support any President using national emergencies to advance pet projects, but rather, issued a warning of retaliation.

"I'm not advocating for any president doing an end-run around Congress," Pelosi said. "I'm just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are crossing."

Threats aside, President Trump announced Friday morning that he would declare a National Emergency on the southern border, using his executive powers to fund the construction of a wall, FOX News reported.

“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border… one way or the other, we have to do it,” the President said during a press conference in the Rose Garden.

President Trump signed a funding package on Thursday night that gave only $1.4 billion for border security, FOX News reported.

Numerous Democratic states’ attorneys general have announced their intention to file legal challenges to President Trump’s declaration, but Pelosi has not confirmed that move.

"We will review our options, and I'm not prepared to give any preference to any one of them right now," she said.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said Democrats would make a legal challenge.

"We think the President would be on very weak legal ground to proceed on this, and I'm sure that if he chose to do that, that we would test it in the courts," Hoyer said. "And you've heard a lot of Republicans express a similar sentiment."

Scholars of presidential powers have said that there’s nothing Congress can do procedurally to stop President Trump, NPR reported.

"Congress chose not to put any substantial — or really any — barriers on the President's ability to declare a national emergency," Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, told NPR.

"So if he can really just sign his name to a piece of paper, whether it is a real emergency or not, that creates a state of emergency that gives him access to these special powers that are contained in more than 100 different provisions of law that Congress has passed over the years,” Goitein explained.

Congress last tried to fix their lack of control over national emergency powers after Watergate, NPR reported.

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 requires not only that the president formally declare a national emergency, but also that he or she cite the specific statutory authority they sought to use.

Under the 1976 reform legislation, an emergency declaration lapses after one year unless the President formally renews it, according to NPR.

The bill also set it up so that Congress could end a national emergency with a majority vote of both houses and without the President’s approval.

But in 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court said the veto-free arrangement was unconstitutional, and Congress had to change it, NPR reported.

So the act was revised to a joint resolution signed by the President.

Now if the President vetoes a joint resolution to end a national emergency, Congress needs a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override and end the national emergency, NPR reported.

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Blackwolf1 said"WHY DO THESE DUMBASS GOVERNMENT FTARDS KEEP FORGETTING, THEY WORK FOR US, WE DONT WORK FOR THEM."

Well ...they seem to get away with quite a bit ...and they realize that they don't have real solutions to offer other than "anti Trump" and Socialism both of which don't really resonate well with mainstream USA......so they keep going left thinking they can attract more illegal immigrants and bi coastal leftist democrats to bolster their own Dem numbers. Their priorities are nothing other than maintaining what power they have.....not even the Illegal aliens they attract. You likely notice that most of the ideas offered (The Green Deal is latest) are not well thought out and at times illogical ...but it sounds good and for those ignorant public who look to have someone else to blame for their failures and shortcomings then these ideas sound attractive. Its about maintaining their power base, nothing else.

parrot
parrot

she's an idiot.

Wolfspiritky
Wolfspiritky

This bitch really DOES WANT TO START ANOTHER CIVIL WAR!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Thanks to those who chose NOT TO VOTE in midterms we have this nut in office. People better wake up n vote these demonrats out of office..otherwise God help us all

LPD133
LPD133

Does it make people like her feel superior to want to let what is mostly garbage from other countries in? I just don't get it. Take one look at the countries they are leaving and you will see the future of the US in 20 years if she has her way. She also needs to read the Constitution and recognize the 2nd Amendment is not something she or her crazy friends will be able to override with a presidential order. If that was the case, I'm sure the last president would have done it.