House Republicans this week sponsored a resolution condemning President Barack Obama for routinely failing to enforce the law, which outlines the numerous ways Obama has taken the law into his own hands.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) proposed his resolution as a way to call out Obama for failing to work with Congress, and provoking a “constitutional crisis” by implementing the law as he sees fit.
“Our nation’s laws are not mere suggestions to be dismissed on a whim,” Weber said. “Our laws are binding. If we in Congress allow any president to ignore the rule-of-law, than we allow the foundations of our nation to be devastated.”
Weber’s resolution lists 11 broad examples of Obama taking steps that go against the clear will of Congress, many of which are likely to be cited in the law suit that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is preparing to file against Obama on behalf of the House. Boehner said this week that a suit would be filed soon, and said it’s needed to defend the concept of separation of powers in the Constitution.
“The Constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws,” Boehner told reporters. “In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws.”
Weber’s resolution concludes by saying, “[T]he House of Representatives condemns the president and the executive branch of government for actions and acts that are beyond the clearly defined laws of the United States.”
It also says the House calls on the President to “adhere to the Constitution and halt all unlawful and illegal actions which circumvent Congress and violate the Constitution.”
Among other things, the resolution cites Obama’s decision to change Obamacare deadlines 23 times without congressional approval, failing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and allowing the IRS to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
It also notes Obama’s 2012 executive branch appoints that were made while the Senate was out, but not formally in recess. The Supreme Court this week said those appointments were illegal.
Elsewhere, it notes Obama’s decision to defer deportation action against younger illegal immigrants, and failing to give Congress the required 30-day notice about the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.
Read Weber’s resolution here: