Your Washington Desk:
From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland:
It’s Time to STOP the President
The National Archives reported that at the end of 2013, President Obama has issued 166 Executive Orders throughout his presidency. Those numbers make it apparent that this president thinks he can do what he wants, when he wants. It has been a constant uphill battle for Congress and the Supreme Court to make sure that this administration follows the Constitution. Between the ObamaCare delays and the Environmental Protection Agency’s constant flow of regulations, this President is showing a lack of respect for the document he is supposed to be a scholar of.
That’s the reason why I’ve signed on as a cosponsor of H. Res. 442, the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution. Under “Presidential Responsibilities” in Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, it states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” It doesn’t say “use this power to bypass Congress” or “this presidency grants you a free pass.” H. Res. 442 directs the House to institute legal action that requires the President comply with the law.
President Obama’s blatant disregard for our Constitution and the legislative process has a growing list of examples, including but not limited to: his one-year delay in ObamaCare’s employer mandate, the one-year delay extension of the “substandard” insurance policies, his waiver of the welfare work requirement under TANF, and granting deferred removal action to illegal immigrants. It’s not the president’s job to try and correct his own failed policies or to sign executive orders to get his way when he is told “no”
Our Founding Fathers carefully and thoughtfully drafted our nation’s Constitution so that each branch holds the other one accountable. With the way this administration has been churning out regulations and executive orders, it is time that we the people and those in Congress make sure that the administration stays within its designated lines.