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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 05:47 AM

Can congress make new laws for the president?

I keep hearing about things the house wants to work on to change "rules & norms" into laws..


But can they even do that?

Personally, I would love to see:

pardons made ONLY for people who have already SERVED a portion of their sentence
and NO pardons for the CURRENT admin people.

Mandatory tax returns made public along with the initial filing paperwork, 10 year minimum

No troops set foot anywhere outside the US without congress' input (except for already in-place bases in non war zones)

No presidential meetings without a note-taker/recording...and a US interpreter whenever one is needed..

a PUBLISHED list of all visitors to the white house.

There are surely more, but....this is a start



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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:12 AM

1. Sure the legislative branch can. H.R. 1, our anti-corruption,

democracy protection package, was just published, yesterday or day before I think. Don't know about all those things, but for sure tax returns are in there, amaf 10 years' worth. The first article below is pre-publication but explains it in general.

House Democrats officially unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal: Democrats will take up voting rights, campaign finance reform, and a lobbying crackdown — all in their first bill of the year.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/30/18118158/house-democrats-anti-corruption-bill-hr-1-pelosi

Also from Vox, yesterday: Lobbyists are already mounting an opposition strategy to Democrats’ anti-corruption bill: HR 1 is meant to crack down on money in politics. Conservatives and lobbying groups are calling it a threat to free speech.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/29/18200973/lobbyists-oppose-house-democrats-anti-corruption-bill-hr1

Of course, the Republicans still control the senate. But Democratic control of the house means their passing new legislation that further institutionalizes their power and corruption has been halted. So the Republicans have shifted to fast-tracking institutionalizing corruption through court appointments, which only gaining a Democratic majority in 2020 will stop.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:24 AM

2. restricting pardons would require a constitutional amendment

but only congress has the power to declare war. the war powers act should be revisited to put a shorter leash on the commander in chief, and the bush era authorizations to use force should be repealed.

elections are administered by the states, who can require tax returns if they wish.

the minutes of meetings and visitors log might be available now, or could be subpoenaed. of course executive privelage might be applied.

in general, partisan support for any of those things probably depends on who lives in the white house.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:33 AM

3. And Constitutional amendments are very possible bug a tough slog. This one may not be so tough. nt

 

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Response to allgood33 (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:44 AM

7. whoever has the power to pardon, or to wage war, or to keep secrets, or to spend money

and their party, wants to keep it.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:49 AM

4. After 9-11 Congress passed a law giving the pres. the power of declaring a national emergency.

If they could get enough votes to override the inevitable veto the law could be modified to state that absent war or natural disaster the president must have congressional approval to declare a national emergency.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:32 AM

6. As long as it is not a Constitutional power

granted the President, like the power to pardon.

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