Rubio: Suppose a President Kamala Harris declared climate change a ‘national emergency’

Rubio: Suppose a President Kamala Harris declared climate change a ‘national emergency’
(Image: Screen grab of CSPAN video, YouTube)

[Ed. – It’s a fair point. It doesn’t mean Trump shouldn’t declare an emergency at the border, but it is a very real concern about precedent and the political environment for presidential powers.  With sovereignty and border security at stake, we’re at a crossroads as challenging for our system of government as the question of slavery in 1861, and there are legitimate concerns about any path that proposes to deal with the problem summarily, rather than leaving it to fester right where it is, as “checks and balances” might.]

Does anyone care about long-term consequences for precedents set in the short term any more? I thought this argument died when Harry Reid pursued the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Barack Obama to stack the DC Circuit. Nevertheless, Sen. Marco Rubio gamely raises the point about loosening the standards for presidential emergency declarations as Donald Trump considers the option during his visit to the border. Today it’s national security on the southern frontier, Rubio tells CNBC’s Squawk Box, but Trump won’t be president forever. Tomorrow it might be climate change and the Green New Deal…

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