Senators are pushing back against the White House and President Donald Trump’s attempts to delay the rollout of the new national security strategy that Trump signed into law last week.
On the Senate floor Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked for an update on the rollout, asking for a briefing on the strategy’s “unprecedented and sweeping” scope.
“The president is attempting to delay this strategy,” Schumer said.
“It is imperative that the president understand that the Senate must have an opportunity to review this strategy before the president’s signature bill takes effect.”
The Senate will likely pass the new strategy by the end of the month, but the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill and then send it to Trump for his signature.
The strategy is meant to “prevent a repeat of the tragic events of September 11, 2001,” according to a summary on the White of the National Security Strategy.
Trump’s order was a massive reorganization of the U.S. military and foreign policy, according to the summary.
The White of this new strategy is a blueprint for the U,S.
government to meet our “national security needs, while maintaining our freedom and dignity,” according a White House official.
The new strategy has been in the works for months, and is expected by 2020.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the need to roll out the strategy,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) of Minnesota.
“I think this is the first time we have seen a strategy as big as this one, and it’s going to be so complicated that it’s impossible for anyone to understand it.
We’re going to have to work together on this.
But the fact that the President is moving forward with it, it’s very concerning.”
Schumer and other Democrats are also pressing for a full briefing from the National Counterterrorism Center, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, to help determine whether the strategy is effective.
The NTC is part of the State Department, which is charged with implementing Trump’s new executive order, according the White.
“This is a major undertaking,” Schumer told reporters Wednesday.
“We’re going up against the President of the United States who is trying to do everything in his power to stop the American people from knowing the plan that he’s putting together.”
Schulz also asked why the White has not provided any briefing to members of Congress on the implementation of the strategy.
“I think it’s outrageous that the WhiteHouse is only willing to share a blueprint with Congress when they have been in regular contact with us, so that we have the best possible information on what’s happening,” he said.
Schumer said that while the NTC’s role has been expanded under the new administration, the White should be prepared to answer questions from lawmakers, including from members of the House and Senate.
“If the White is not prepared to have their members on the floor, then it’s up to us to make sure they are, that we’re prepared to take them up on it,” Schumer added.
Schulz is one of a handful of Democrats who have called on Trump to allow more congressional oversight of the implementation.