U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, introduced legislation aimed at holding the National Security Council accountable by requiring Senate confirmation for a key adviser to the president.
The National Security Accountability act would require the Senate to confirm a president’s pick for national security advisor.
“The role of national security advisor has evolved into much more than just a confidential advisor to the president,” Foster said in a news release. “It is a position that has wide authority over America’s national security apparatus and is heavily involved in shaping U.S. policy.”
The National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947 and has evolved over the years from a mandated meeting of cabinet-level officials into a complex system of coordination, adjudication and policy formulation, according to the release.
This expansion of authority has allowed the NSC to set strategy across a wide spectrum of domestic and international issues. Currently, the president appoints a national security advisor without Congressional approval.
Foster specifically expressed concerns about President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton.
“Our current national security advisor is known for radical views and a preference for military solutions,”
Foster said. “Simply put, America cannot afford a national security advisor who is a perpetual threat to our national security. Individuals who hold the position should undergo proper vetting.”