Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is interviewed by Fox News’ Shannon Bream in this video. They are discussing Rep. Tom Price’s Rice’s (R-SC) resolution to stop Obama’s proliferate habit of ignoring laws by taking him to court. While individuals in Congress have not historically had standing with the courts, Gowdy says the “institution” of Congress may have standing. H.Res. 442 is titled S.T.O.P. (Stop This Overreaching Presidency). It takes a simple majority to get through the House but if passed, Speaker John Boehner makes the decision whether to litigate or not. Troubling.
The resolution addresses Obama’s administrative “fix” to override law and tell insurers they have to reinstitute already cancelled plans, the one year override delay in the employer mandate and the baldly illegal granting of legal status of some illegals by ordering ICE not to enforce immigration laws.
The following is an example from Gowdy of why taking action against this administration’s tyrannical lawlessness is important to the future of our Constitutional liberty:
Assume that a statute said you had to provide two forms of ID to vote. Can the president require three forms? Can the president require one form? Can you suspend all requirements? If not, why not?”
If you can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law?” Source: WND
Really. Why not?
From the text of 442:
1. President Obama recently announced an “administrative fix” in regard to cancelled healthcare plans due to Obamacare. Of course he plans to provide a “fix” which will substantially alter his signature legislation without involving Congress.
2. Over the summer, President Obama’s Administration announced a one-year delay in Obamacare’s employer mandate without involving Congress.
3. Last year, President Obama’s Administration granted temporary status to illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children without involving Congress.
4. In June 2012, President Obama’s Administrative provided a waiver initiative for the welfare work requirement under TANF without involving Congress. Source: BizPac Review
At this time, there 29 co-sponsors (see them at the BizPac link above. I’m happy to see my Congressman, Jim Bridenstine among them, but would have expected nothing less. If the video disappears or does not play, view it here.
UPDATE: 12-19-13 10:38 pm CDT: My apologies for identifying Rep. Tom Rice, the author of 442 as Rep. Tom Price. Corrections made, and thank you to Rep. Price’s office (Rep. Price is a co-sponsor of 442).
Trey Gowdy on H.R. 442 Authored by Tom Rice (video)