POLITICO A proposed overhaul of the federal government would make it harder for a new president to push his agenda through Congress, a longtime political adviser said on Thursday.
In an interview with Politico, Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, said the administration is considering moving to replace the Administrative Procedure Act with something called the “Deconstruction” that would end the power of Congress to override executive actions.
The bill, first proposed by President Donald Trump in 2017, would give the president the authority to rewrite laws passed by Congress, but only after a congressional vote.
Begala said he believes the administration will end up with something that is more like the so-called “Contract with America” than the “Contract With America Act” of Congress.
“The idea is to make it more of a piece of cake for a president to get what he wants done by the time he leaves office,” Begala told Politico.
“There’s no question that would make this an enormous amount more difficult for a future president to achieve his goals.”
The legislation would create a new, separate agency called the Office of Management and Budget to be modeled after the Office and Commerce departments.
It would also eliminate the Office’s ability to create or repeal regulations.
In fact, the Office is already taking steps to scale back its role in creating and regulating the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
The Office of Government Ethics, which oversees the ethics rules of federal agencies, also would be cut.
“It’s really a dismantling of the Administrative State, and the whole notion of an Office of Ethics that is a part of the executive branch is just a completely misguided idea,” Begal said.
The proposal has drawn opposition from the powerful advocacy group Public Citizen, which has argued that it would weaken Congress.
The group, which filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s budget, also criticized the plan for giving the White House a free hand to rewrite legislation passed by both the House and Senate.
“Congress has the constitutional authority to enact legislation with regard to national security, foreign policy, climate change, immigration, and more,” Public Citizen said in a statement.
“This proposal would remove the need for congressional oversight of such legislation by placing an independent agency that has never acted as a check on the president’s unilateral authority in his ability to implement his policies.”
Public Citizen is expected to file a lawsuit seeking to stop the budget’s creation, which the White White House has said will be approved by Congress.