Members of Congress are fed up with President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive power.
Yesterday, the House passed a bill that would allow congressional lawsuits against Obama for his failure to enforce federal laws. The sponsor of the ENFORCE the Law Act, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), spoke of the President’s overreach in a boisterous speech on the House floor.
“How does going from being a senator to a president rewrite the constitution?” he said, adding that, “We are not a country where the ends justify the means no matter how good your motivations may be.”
Gowdy argued that other arms of the executive branch are reviewed, checked, and disciplined “because process matters.”
“If a president does not faithfully execute the law, Mr. Speaker, what are our remedies?” Gowdy demanded. “Just sit and wait on another election?”
During yesterday’s “Conversations with Conservatives” event, a number of representatives also expressed their concern over Obama’s use of executive power, including Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Raul Labrador (R-ID).
@conversations Rep. Huelskamp calls out the #lawless Obama Admin #cwc113
— Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) March 12, 2014
.@Raul_Labrador predicts executive abuse of power will be the “downfall of the republic.” #cwc113 — J.C. Derrick (@jcderrick1) March 12, 2014