Published : Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 5:57 AM
Pasadena’s congressional representative has introduced a bill, H.R. 810, that would prohibit the use of federal funds for the implementation of Executive Order 13780, also known as the “Muslim ban.”
Congress, for those of who have forgotten the basic principles of American governance, was granted “power of the purse” by the founding fathers, meaning the people’s elected representatives decide where and on what their money is spent.
President Donald Trump signed that measure in March 2017 shortly after taking office. Its purpose was to halt travel from a number of countries where Muslims make up the majority of inhabitants.
H.R. 810, is a companion bill to Senator Chris Murphy’s (D- Ct.) measure, S. 246.
In a Jan. 31 statement, Rep. Chu said she will never forget the chaos and pain created by the first Muslim ban, including the crowds that clogged the nation’s airports in protest.
The Muslim ban, Chu said. “is simply un-American. We do not create policies based on religious animus and we do not target people because of who they worship. That is bigotry at its worst, and it is part of the reason we have seen an increase in hate crimes and violence since Trump started his campaign.”
Chu added that the founding fathers intended Congress to be a check on the potential excesses of the executive branch.
The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is reclaiming the role from the prior, compliant Republican leadership, said Chu.
“We are standing up to say that xenophobia and bigotry have no place in our country, that everybody is welcome, regardless of their religion,” she stated. “And that we will not allow one dollar to be spent on bad policies meant only to divide us.”