Either Congress is neglecting to use the actual tools that it should use to deal with President Obama, or the Constitution is indeed worthless. Take your pick.
According to the Washington Examiner:
President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it “violates the separation of powers” by encroaching on his presidential authority.
“[T]he power the bill purports to assign to Congress to sue the President over whether he has properly discharged his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed exceeds constitutional limitations,” the White House Office of Management and Budget said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy. “Congress may not assign such power to itself, nor may it assign to the courts the task of resolving such generalized political disputes.”
The lead sponsor of the measure, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said it was designed to curb Obama’s abuse of presidential authority, most notably in his frequent changes to Obamacare.
“We have pursued certain remedies afforded to Congress to address executive overreach but these efforts have been thwarted,” Gowdy said. “This bill is necessary; it will give Congress the authority to defend this branch of government as the Framers and our fellow citizens would expect.”
I want to give credit to Congress for considering this bill, but I have to say I am disappointed with it. A new law is needed to allow Congress to force the President to follow the law? If he isn’t going to respect the law in the first place, what would make him respect a law that said he could be sued? He could simply refuse to show up and declare the court null and void no matter what was decided.
In my opinion, if Congress is seriously contemplating such a law then it proves that they ought to impeach the President. His executive alterations to Obamacare are illegal and treasonous. This attempt to make a new law that allows another way to take the President to court strikes me as an evasion of their responsibility. This law “will give Congress the authority to defend this branch of government as the Framers and our fellow citizens would expect”? The Framers gave Congress the authority by giving them the means of impeachment.
Is this hard to understand?