Buried in last year’s Defense Authorization Bill were changes to the Insurrection Act that make it possible for a President to easily declare martial law, and now Senator Patrick Leahy (D. Vt.), along with Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), who are the co-chairs of the 80-member Senate National Guard Caucus, have introduced legislation to return the act to its original wording. Leahy says, “Last year, Congress quietly made it easier for this President or any President to declare martial law.”
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