Washington, DC – Today, Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in introducing the Guarding Congressional Authority Act to restore power back to Congress from the Executive Branch. This bill amends the National Emergencies Act and reasserts Congressional authority when an emergency declaration is made by the executive branch.
With this resolution, Congress will have to approve any new emergency declaration within 60 days – similar to the War Powers Act in order for the declaration to move forward. The President would retain the ability to declare a national emergency, but it would be called off without ratification from Congress. The resolution aims to end the practice of governing by national emergency.
“This legislation represents an important step to rein in the excessively broad authority that has been delegated to the executive branch and will prevent future circumstances in which legislative leaders rely on the President’s executive authority to let them off the hook for failing to do their jobs,” Curtis said. “Reasserting our proper role under Article 1 as intended by the Constitution should be a bipartisan priority that all of my colleagues can support.”
Original Co-Sponsors include: Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Josh Harder, Rep. Will Hurd, Rep. Dan Lipinski, Rep. Elaine Luria, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Alex Mooney, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Rep. Tom O’Halleran, Rep. Bill Posey, Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. Kurt Schrader, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Rep. Tom Suozzi, and Rep. Fred Upton.