(Republican Leader) – Texas. Rep. August Pfluger, a Republican, along with GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, introduced a new bill on Monday that would prevent President Joe Biden from being able to employ the use of emergency powers to get around congressional checks on the extensive climate agenda being pushed by his administration. Which is a very good step to take in order to protect our rights because we’ve already experienced, first hand, what liberals do with emergency powers thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not good.
According to Nick Pope of the Daily Caller, “‘The Real Emergencies Act’ would clarify that the president is unable to invoke emergency powers permitted by the National Emergencies Act, the Disaster Relief and Emergencies Act and the Public Health Service Act on the basis of a perceived climate change crisis. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other left-wing congressional lawmakers have called for Biden to declare a national climate emergency to further his administration’s aggressive climate agenda.”
“I am proud to join Senator Capito in introducing the Real Emergencies Act, which will prevent the White House from distracting from real emergencies – like skyrocketing inflation and record-high energy costs – by declaring climate change a national emergency,” Pfluger said during an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Our legislation ensures that President Biden does not abuse the power of his office to pursue his anti-American energy agenda against the will of the American people.”
In January of 2021, Schumer stated that a declaration of climate emergency would provide President Joe Biden with the political power necessary to “do many, many things under the emergency powers of the President that wouldn’t have to go through – that he could do without legislation.”
In other words, emergency powers allow Biden and his ilk to apply their big government agenda without going through the body of elected officials chosen by the people to represent their interests. Folks, they are not interested in doing their actual job to preserve your rights. They want to take them from you and give themselves power and control, completely buying into the delusion they can create a utopian society and fix fallen mankind by having the right people come up with the right laws. It’s ludicrous.
The comments from Schumer came just as the Inflation Reduction Act stalled in Congress as Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin initially refused to lend his support to a slew of the legislation’s provisions in an evenly divided Senate.
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) similarly urged Biden to invoke emergency powers on the basis of a perceived climate emergency to ‘invoke authorities under the Defense Production Act and Trade Expansion Act, mobilizing domestic industry to manufacture affordable renewable energy technologies.’ The CPC also demanded in the same March 2022 document that Biden unilaterally ban fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and halt all crude oil exports, some four months before Manchin eventually reached a July 2022 deal with Schumer to support the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate,” Pope added.
After securing Manchin’s support, Biden then signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in Aug. 2022, which was only three months before Republicans took control of the House during the midterm elections. While running as a candidate for president, Joe Biden made a “guarantee” that his administration would bring an end to the use of fossil fuels.
Using the emergency powers he was given during the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s administration worked around Congress in order to put an indefinite pause on student loan payments as well as implement a federal eviction moratorium. Biden ended the national emergency for COVID in April of 2023, which is more than six months after he admitted the pandemic was over in September 2022. He kept these powers for an extra length of time, despite their no longer being necessary, all so he could put more of his agenda into place and bypass Congress. Sleazy tactic, right?
“The Biden administration has repeatedly governed by executive overreach when it comes to energy and environmental regulations, ignoring the law and doing so without congressional approval,” Capito went on to say during a conversation with the DCNF. “The Real Emergencies Act would ensure the president cannot go further by declaring a national emergency, which would grant him more executive authority and grow the size of government all in the name of climate change.”
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