According to UU Congressman Darrell Issa released the following statement after the passage of a bill that will allow Congress to undo any last-minute regulations that a sitting President tries to enact on his way out of office.
This is big. The Republicans just blocked a lot of BS from coming into law.
“This bipartisan bill is about reviving the separation of powers to ensure our laws are written by the Representatives we actually vote for – not unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats who are on their way out the door. Presidents of both parties have made habit of enacting scores of last-minute regulations, with little oversight, to sneak in as much of their agenda as possible before the clock runs out on their time in office. The bill helps ensure this President, and any future president, will be held in check and that their policies have the proper level of scrutiny by both Congress and the American people. I’m pleased to see the House pass this important measure and look forward to its quick passage by our colleagues in the Senate.”
The whole world is talking about the fact that Donald Trump’s number two man, Mike Pence, went to see Hamilton: An American Musical, and as was to be expected in that environment, was booed by the entire theater, and also faced a polite but firm statement from the cast regarding his and Trump’s bigotry regarding minorities, LGBTQ people, women, and other groups. Of course, unable to face criticism, Trump took to Twitter to chastise the audience and to demand an apology from the cast.
Well, Harvard PhD candidate and professor Clint Smith reminded us all that the pettiness of the Hamilton kerfuffle is NOT what we need to be talking about regarding Trump and Pence. Indeed, it is actually the fact that Trump hasn’t even taken office yet, and already he is using his position to try to make money by leaning on foreign leaders to rent rooms at his hotels. Smith tweeted:
I hope Pence getting booed at Hamilton doesn't distract us from the fact that foreign diplomats are feeling pressure to stay in Trump hotels
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) November 19, 2016
The Washington Post wrote an article regarding Trump’s activities on this front, and it’s not good. Roughly a week after his stunning victory, there was a lavish affair at a Trump International Hotel where diplomats were pampered – complete with the ability to rent out space there. If this isn’t flat-out illegal, it’s damn sure unethical as hell. The presidency is not a serious job to the likes of Donald Trump. It’s nothing more than one big ego trip, and the biggest con ever to be run on the American people and the world. Now, he’s trying to use the office in an effort to further line his already very deep pockets.
Forget about Pence and Hamilton, America. Trump can throw all the tantrums he likes on that front; it means nothing, and we all know that both he and Pence walked away from that musical just as bigoted as ever. Nothing will change that. What we CAN do, though, is keep reporting and investigating just how dirty Trump’s business dealings are, how he is using them, and what that means for America’s relationships around the world.
After all, as important as the message from the Hamilton cast is, this is a much more dire situation – quite possibly one of life and death for the American people.