UPDATE 3/13/14: On Wednesday, March 12th, the House of Representatives passed the ENFORCE the Law Act by a vote of 233 – 181 with five Democrats voting “yes” with Republicans. Click here to see Rep. Gowdy give a very articulate and passionate speech about his bill before passage.
Senator Roy Blunt has sponsored a companion to the ENFORCE the Law Act, S. 2118, in the Senate.
On March 13th, the House of Representatives passed the Faithful Execution of the Laws Act by a vote of 244 to 171, with 18 Democrats voting yes.
March 11, 2014
President Obama has made no attempt to conceal his disdain for the rule of law. Declaring, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he constantly threatens to bypass Congress and use executive action to promote favorite policies or undo statutes. He has already ended deportations for the children of illegal immigrants, delayed and granted exemptions from his health care law, and changed the ways in which other laws on the books are enforced.
It is time to remind President Obama of his Constitutional obligation “that the laws be faithfully executed.” This week, Republicans in the House of Representatives are focusing on this imperial presidency. Through hearings and legislation to be taken up on the floor, they will highlight the Obama administration’s frequent and arbitrary use of executive power.
Two particular bills deserve your support as part of the effort to restore checks and balances in the federal government:
H.R. 3973 – Faithful Execution of the Law Act: Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), this bill would require the Attorney General to report to Congress whenever a federal office refuses to execute a law or uphold a final court decision.
H.R. 4138 – ENFORCE the Law Act: Sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), this bill would establish a process for expedited legal action against the executive branch when it refuses to faithfully execute the laws. If either House of Congress passes a resolution declaring that the president has refused to enforce laws, it can file a civil action in a U.S. district court, with any appeals expedited directly to the Supreme Court.
First, please forward this on to friends and family who care about holding the President accountable for his actions or lack thereof.
Please call and email your representative and encourage him or her to support H.R. 3973 and H.R. 4138 when they are considered on the House floor.