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Trump signs 'Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act'

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

US on Thursday (local time) signed the 'Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018'.

The Act re-designates the Department of as the Countering Weapons of (CWMD Office).

"The will coordinate with other Federal efforts and develop a strategy and policy to plan for, detect, and protect against unauthorized chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials or devices in the United States," read the press release.

The Act, however, raises constitutional concerns, stated in the press statement.

"Section 2(a)(10) of the Act purports to require the Assistant for the CWMD Office, a position created by the Act, to consult with certain congressional committees before making any changes in the structure or requirements of the "Securing the Cities" program. My Administration will treat this provision as advisory," revealed the press release.

Trump, further, stated that he hoped that consultation will be possible. He further said that he recognises the benefits of working with the on the "Securing the Cities" program. Nevertheless, the Act's mandatory consultation provision is not consistent with the Constitution's separation of powers, said in the statement.

"Section 2(g)(6) of the Act purports to require the of Homeland Security annually to provide a report to the that includes recommendations for any necessary statutory changes regarding the CWMD Office, or, if no statutory changes are deemed necessary, an explanation of that conclusion. My Administration will treat this provision in a manner consistent with Article II, section 3 of the Constitution, which provides the the discretion to recommend to the only "such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient," the statement further stated.

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First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 05:25 IST