The existence of 32 current national emergencies across the U.S. — including one dating from the Carter administration — is proof that there are too many declared ‘emergencies’ in the U.S. that seemingly never end. This bill reasserts Congressional authority over national emergency declarations and ensures national emergencies end in a timely manner when appropriate.
The president has a right and responsibility to declare national emergencies as needed to keep the U.S. safe. The nature of national emergencies means that it’s important for the president to have broad latitude to respond to them. This bill would make it harder for the U.S. government to respond to situations at home and abroad that require flexibility.