Ilhan Omar Fights to Limit President’s Emergency Power, Says it’s “Common Set of Standards for the World”
In an ambitious feat to turn down the administration and reduce the president’s power, Rep. Ilhan Omar passed a series of foreign policy bills that would allow Congress to limit presidential powers to place international sanctions, and even declare national emergencies.
The series of bills comprise a legislative package entitled “Pathway to PEACE (Progressive, Equitable, and Constructive Engagement).” In a press release, Omar described it as a “bold progressive vision to rethink the country’s approach to foreign policy by centering human rights, justice and peace as the pillars of America’s engagement in the world, and making military action a last resort.”
“I believe in a world where there are no young girls living through war, and no nations that are being destroyed,” she declared in the statement.
To further fight for her cause, Omar explained the bill last Wednesday at a panel discussion in Capitol Hill.
“These sets of bills are not about a single country or singling out one particular country,” said Omar, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “It’s about setting a common set of standards for the world,” Omar claimed, using the guise of foreign policy to diminish presidential powers.
For example, one of the bills entitled the Congressional Oversight of Sanctions Act aims to limit the administration’s authority to declare national emergencies and even place economic sanctions. Such an idea does not promote globalization as Omar claims it to be. Rather, once approved, this bill could endanger the safety and lives of the American people, as it delays government actions during times of disaster and terrorist attack.
In fact, it simply shows what Omar prioritizes, to force petty political discussions in congress, rather than allowing for immediate action.
Omar simply claimed that “We need to restore congressional oversight,” and that the bill “requires an explanation for what foreign policy goal is supposed to be achieved with the given sanction and what the process for delisting an individual, entity or country should be.”
Last year, Omar had also been lobbying to end sanctions on regimes such as Iran and Venezuela. Then in April, she accused President Trump of having “false emergency” with the U.S.-Mexico border, when the administration used their national emergency funding to build the wall.
As the congresswoman wrote: “This is a fake emergency! Donald Trump is lying about the border in order to build his monument to racism.”
Omar’s bills also seemed to have a personal vendetta on it. When Omar was denied entry to Israel, Omar whined about her “privilege” as a foreign member of Congress and lobbied to stop the country’s $3 billion dollar aid to Israel.
As Omar said, “Denying visits to duly elected Members of Congress is not consistent with being either an ally or a democracy. We should be leveraging that aid to stop the settlements and ensure full rights for Palestinians.”
This is a fake emergency! Donald Trump is lying about the border in order to build his monument to racism. https://t.co/hVOVzLYDHw— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 3, 2019
In retaliation, Omar filed the “Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act” which aims to implement red lines for foreign nations based on international law. With this, any violations would automatically prohibit the country from using its weapons to protect its own nation.
While she did not mention Israel, Omar had constantly been talking about “human rights” violations against the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Omar also tried to stop the administration from using the military and described it as “intimidation and coercion.”
“Global Peace Building Act…would authorize a one-time transfer of $5 billion dollars from the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operation budget to the State Department to create a new multilateral peacebuilding fund,” Omar stated.