WASHINGTON, September 26 (CNNBreakingNews.net) — Republican Senator Pat Toomey on Monday called President Joe Biden for what he calls increasing and” Irresponsible “application of a defense law from the Cold War era to boost the production of baby food, solar panel components, and other non-defense related items.
Toomey, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, told Biden that using the Defense Production Act in this way interrupted the supply chains and violated the law’s intention to make goods available in actual national security emergencies.
“If your government continues to misuse the data protection authority and avoids legitimate issues associated with its use, Congress has Perhaps to limit the executive’s ability to simply invoke it,” Toomey wrote in a letter from CNNBreakingNews.net.
Democrats now control the Senate, but unexpected losses in November midterm elections could give Republicans more power curbing Use of the data protection authority.
Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump appealed to the data protection authority in 2019 to store rare earths, the special minerals used for this purpose are magnets , which can be found in weapons and electric vehicles, and then again in March 2020 to hire General Motors to produce life-saving fans.
Biden has used the data protection authority more broadly in his presidency, including using it to increase production of supplies that were used in the Response to COVID-19, infant formula and solar panel components. The 1950 Act gives the Pentagon far-reaching powers to procure equipment needed for national defense.
The White House made no immediate statement.
Toomey said Biden had waived the obligation to give advance notice to the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees the bill, DPA spending, at six different opportunities since March, and raised concerns that he was using the bill to advance a party political agenda.
He said a future Republican president could decide that the data protection authority would be a convenient means of funding the construction of a border Be. Wall or completion of a long-stalled natural gas pipeline, although these projects are not related to the defense industrial base.
Toomey asked Biden to answer a series of detailed questions about the government’s reasons for using the bill Oct. 11