Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced a series of new foreign policy bills this week that, among other things, would give Congress the ability to greatly limit the president’s power to declare national emergencies and impose international sanctions.
Omar’s package is known as the “Pathway to PEACE (Progressive, Equitable, and Constructive Engagement),” and the congresswoman describes it as “a bold progressive vision to rethink the country’s approach to foreign policy by centering human rights, justice and peace as the pillars of America’s engagement in the world, and making military action a last resort.”
“I believe in a world where there are no young girls living through war, and no nations that are being destroyed,” she continued in a statement obtained by Breitbart News.
Endless war is not making our country safer.
It is costing lives, destroying futures, and damaging our reputation in the world.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 12, 2020
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During a panel discussion at the Capitol on Wednesday, Omar gave more details about the bills, claiming they are a globalized approach to U.S. foreign policy.
“These sets of bills are not about a single country or singling out one particular country,” said Omar. “It’s about setting a common set of standards for the world.”
The package includes the Congressional Oversight of Sanctions Act, which will limit the president’s “authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to declare national emergencies and place economic sanctions.”
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“We need to restore congressional oversight,” Omar explained, saying the bill “requires an explanation for what foreign policy goal is supposed to be achieved with the given sanction and what the process for delisting an individual, entity or country should be.”
Another bill included in the package is the “Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act,” which appears to target Israel. This bill would put in place “red lines” for foreign nations based on “international humanitarian law,” and any violation would “automatically [trigger] a prohibition on security aid of any kind, arms sales including those controlled by the Commerce Dept. (tear gas, etc.).”
While Israel isn’t mentioned by name in the bill, Omar’s prior comments about international “human rights” have almost always focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A third part of the bill, which she only calls “military intimidation and coercion,” redirects defense spending to the State Department.
“[The] Global Peace Building Act… would authorize a one-time transfer of $5 billion dollars from the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operation budget to the State Department to create a new multi-lateral peacebuilding fund,” Omar said.
Omar’s press release for the bills state that they are supported by such powerful liberals as Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama.
“Congresswoman Omar is putting forward an ambitious and comprehensive package that outlines progressive approaches to some of the most important issues facing the United States and our world today,” Rhodes said.
Omar is as radically left as they come, and she is trying to steer the entire nation that way politically. Since taking office, Omar has shown that she has no respect for America, and she is now showing that she appears to want to weaken our country as much as possible on the international stage. We can only hope these bills are never passed into law, because if they are, we are all in big trouble.