New Bill Introduced Requiring a Psychiatrist in White House–NOW is the time to Raise this issue, America!!!!


Rep. Ted Lieu to Introduce Bill Requiring a Psychiatrist in White House

STORY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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Democratic congressmember from California. He’s a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Dozens of mental health professionals recently wrote a letter warning that President Trump is displaying “grave emotional instability.” Now, one lawmaker has introduced a new piece of legislation that would require a psychiatrist in the White House. For more, we speak with that lawmaker: California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.


AMY GOODMAN: Congressman Lieu, you are introducing legislation that would require a psychiatrist in the White House. Can you explain what you’re doing?

REP. TED LIEU: Sure. So, we’re looking at legislation. And let me just tell you the context for this. In 1928, Congress passed a law requiring that doctors be at the White House, because Congress concluded that presidents are human beings, and like all human beings, we have our own frailties. Because of how people viewed mental health at the time, there was no psychiatrist or psychologist that was required. In the 21st century, we know that mental health is just as important as physical health, so it seemed to make sense that the White House should also have a psychiatrist or a psychologist available. I am not the first to bring this up. Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz told The Washington Post earlier this year that he thought the president should have an independent mental health exam. And I also know that in 2015 the National Defense Authorization Act, which was supported by over 300 members of Congress on a bipartisan basis, required incoming military recruits to get a mental health exam. Keep in mind, the president is also the commander-in-chief of our armed forces, and he can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in a matter of minutes. So that’s what we’re looking at.

AMY GOODMAN: What makes you particularly concerned about President Trump’s mental health?

REP. TED LIEU: Well, there is a structural issue, where I believe that the demands of the presidency have increased significantly, especially since the advent of nuclear weapons, and the president should have the best treatment available. In terms of this bill, we’re trying to see if this is the best way to go about it. Clearly, to me, when you have a president that lies pathologically, that believes in alternative facts, it suggests to me there is a problem. I don’t know the extent of that problem. I don’t know what the best solution is. But I do think that this issue should be raised. And so I raised the issue. It is a bipartisan issue. And we’re trying to get more information and to see what’s a good next step.

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2 Responses to New Bill Introduced Requiring a Psychiatrist in White House–NOW is the time to Raise this issue, America!!!!

  1. eslkevin says:

    Make Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War a High Priority

    Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill, which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress.

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    ACTION ALERT
    Urge Congress to Limit the President’s Power to Start a Nuclear War

    Dear Deloris,

    Did you know that President Donald Trump—like every president for decades—has sole authority to launch a US nuclear attack? And no one—literally no one—has the authority to stop such a launch. That is unacceptable.

    It’s time to change this deeply flawed system. Write to your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” which would prohibit the president—any US president—from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress.

    Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), this bill can serve as a powerful vehicle to stimulate debate in Congress and get more members of Congress speaking out and demanding changes to a system that puts civilization-ending power in the hands of one person.

    Congress must get more involved, working to reduce nuclear risks and prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill and limit the president’s power to start a nuclear war.

    Our current policies increase the risk of nuclear war in very real and dangerous ways—they need to change. The Markey-Lieu bill and this action alert from UCS and more than a dozen other organizations are small steps in the right direction that allow you—and all of us—to demand that Congress takes these dangers seriously and work hard to change a system that puts all of our lives at real risk every day.

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    Union of Concerned Scientists

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  2. connie swift says:

    thank you Ted

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