Congressman Cohen Chairs Hearing on National Emergencies Act

February 28, 2019
Press Release
Says President violated Constitution’s separation of powers

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) chaired the first hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today for a hearing on the National Emergencies Act of 1976 and President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the U.S.-Mexican border. See his opening statement here.

Afterward, Congressman Cohen said:

“In all my years on this subcommittee, this was one of the best hearings in which I have had the honor to participate.  I found it highly significant that the bipartisan panel and the subcommittee’s members all agreed that Congress needs to do a better job of asserting its Article I powers. While I certainly believe the President has violated current law, I agree with a growing bipartisan consensus that the National Emergencies Act could benefit from some improvement. Members on both sides of the aisle suggested a need to work together to make that happen.

“The Subcommittee was privileged to have three expert witnesses in Jonathan Turley, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University; attorney Stuart Gerson, a respected conservative scholar; and Elizabeth Goitein, with the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. We also heard from Nayda Alvarez, a landowner and resident of La Rosita, Texas.”