The Trump administration is urging Democrats to pull their “no ban act” amid the coronavirus pandemic or face veto.
The “no ban act” would reverse restrictions on the countries under the travel ban.
Minority Whip urged Democrats to pull the bill entirely:
“The president ought to be able to keep potential terrorists out of our country,” said Rep. Scalise “But now with this outbreak of coronavirus, the president also needs all the tools available to limit people coming in from countries with a propensity of coronavirus.”
DailyCaller reports the Trump administration, citing national security concerns, issued a veto warning against a Democratic bill that would rescind the president’s travel ban.
The White House issued a public warning to congressional leaders Tuesday, announcing that if the No Ban Act were to land on President Donald Trump’s desk, his advisers have recommended he veto the legislation. The No Ban Act was introduced by House Democrats seeking to reverse the president’s travel ban on several countries deemed by the administration to be high risk.
“This legislation would limit the President’s authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the United States when he determines such action to be in the national interest,” read a White House statement released Tuesday.
The administration not only cautioned against limiting the president’s power to bar dangerous individuals from entering the interior of the U.S., but also raised the added threats brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
“[The No Ban Act] would harm the national security of the United States. Notably, the President’s authority to restrict travel into the United States has been central to the Administration’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the American people against the spread of COVID-19,” the statement continued. “At a minimum, [the legislation] would cause dangerous delays that threaten the safety, security, and health of the American people.”