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From Lynn Westmoreland:
Westmoreland Supports ENFORCE the Law Act
Last week, the House passed H. R. 4138, the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act. ENFORCE the Law Act puts in place a procedure to allow the House or Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failing to faithfully execute the laws. It will rein in the growing overreach by the Executive Branch and restore balance to the separation of powers set forth by our Constitution. I am a cosponsor and strong supporter of this bill.
It has been a constant uphill battle for Congress and the Supreme Court to make sure that this administration follows the Constitution. If President Obama dislikes a law, he ignores it or goes around it. His disregard for our Constitution and the legislative process has a growing list of examples, including but not limited to; unilateral changes and delays in ObamaCare, his waiver of the welfare work requirement under TANF, and granting deferred removal action to illegal immigrants. Just yesterday, the White House announced the president will once again try to go around Congress and put himself between an employer and employee by expanding overtime pay qualifications. 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”.
The framers carefully and thoughtfully drafted our nation’s Constitution so that each branch holds the other one accountable. ENFORCE the Law Act sets forth an expedited procedure that allows for judicial review of the Executive Branch when a president does not faithfully execute a law. This process will hold this or any president responsible for any injunctions of the law, and allow for a lawsuit to be authorized to be made in a timely manner. It is time that we the people and those in Congress make sure that the administration legally stays within its designated lines.
This bill is similar to H. Res. 442, the Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Resolution that I have also cosponsored. I hope the House passes the STOP Resolution quickly and that Senator Reid sees that legality of the situation is the priority, not partisan politics.