WASHINGTON (KYTX) – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the House passed two laws to rein in executive overreach.
The Faithful Execution of the Law Act (H.R. 3973) would require all federal officials who implement a formal or informal policy to refrain from enforcing federal law to report their reason for non-enforcement to Congress. The ENFORCE the Law Act (H.R. 4138) provides a procedure for the House or the Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failure to faithfully execute the law and ensures any such suit is heard on an expedited timeline to prevent the president from stalling the litigation until his term is up.
"The American people expect – and rightly so – the president to enforce the law and for Congress and the judicial branch of the government to serve as a check on the authority and actions of the president, in accordance with the Constitution. Based on President Obama's repeated refusal to enforce federal laws he disagrees with – or in the case of Obamacare, those that are politically inconvenient for him – and his plan to use executive action to enact the things he can't get passed through Congress, it appears President Obama missed checks and balances day in his own constitutional law class.
"The bills passed by the House this week will ensure the president and his administration enact all laws fairly and equally, and they will give Congress standing to rein in executive overreach."