Rep. Gowdy Uses Obama’s Own Words Against Him In Response to Veto Threat
March 13, 2014 - 2:25 PM
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) used President Obama’s own words as a U.S. senator to excoriate him for threatening to veto the ENFORCE the Law Act,
which would provide a streamlined system for a house of Congress to the
sue the Executive Branch for failing to enforce laws passed by
“How does going from being a senator to a president rewrite the Constitution?” Gowdy asked.
Telling House members that he was going to give them a “pop
quiz,” Gowdy added, “That may seem unfair to my colleagues on the other
side of the aisle, but I’m going to give them a hint: the answer to
every one of the questions is the same. I’m going to read a quote, and
then you tell me who said it."
‘These last few years, we’ve seen an unacceptable abuse of power, having a president whose priority is expanding his own power.’
“Any guess on who said that, Mr. Speaker? It was Senator Barack
Obama,” Gowdy said during an impassioned speech on the House floor.
“Here’s another one: ‘No law can give Congress a backbone if it
refuses to stand up as a co-equal branch the Constitution made it.’
“Senator Barack Obama.”
‘What do we do with a president who can basically change what
Congress passed by attaching a letter saying I don’t agree with this
part or that part?’
“Senator Barack Obama."
‘I taught the Constitution for ten years. I believe in the Constitution.’
“Senator Barack Obama."
“And my favorite, Mr. Speaker": ‘One of the most important jobs of
the Supreme Court is to guard against the encroachment of the executive
branch on the power of the other branches. And I think the chief justice
has been a little too willing and eager to give the president more
power than I think the Congress or the Constitution originally
“So my question, Mr. Speaker, is how in the world can you get before
the Supreme Court if you don’t have standing? What did the president
mean by that, when he looked to the Supreme Court to rein-in executive
overreach? If you don’t have standing, how can you possibly get before
the Supreme Court?
“So my question, Mr. Speaker, is what’s changed? How does going from
being a senator to a president rewrite the Constitution?” Gowdy asked.
“What’s different from when he was a senator?”
Noting that prosecutors and police officers are required to follow
the law “or the defendant walks,” Gowdy went on to say that “we all
swore an allegiance to the same document that the president swears
allegiance to, to faithfully execute the law. So I will be listening
intently during this debate for one of my colleagues to explain to me
what that phrase means…
“And if a president does not faithfully execute the law, Mr. Speaker,
what are our remedies? Do we just sit and wait on another election? Do
we use the power of the purse, the power of appeasement? Those are
punishments, those are not remedies,” Gowdy declared.
“The remedy is to do exactly what Barack Obama said to do, to go to
court, to go to the Supreme Court and have the Supreme Court say once
and for all we don’t pass suggestions in this body, Mr. Speaker, we
don’t pass ideas. We pass laws, and we expect them to be faithfully
Gowdy’s ENFORCE The Law Act, which the House passed Wednesday, allows
a single chamber of Congress, or both chambers acting in concert, to
file an expedited civil action against any member of the executive
branch who “has established or implemented a formal or informal policy,
practice, or procedure to refrain from enforcing, applying, following,
or administering any provision of a Federal statute, rule, regulation,
program, policy, or other law” in violation of Article II, Section 3,
Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that the president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
A three-judge panel in U.S. District Court would hear the case, and
the panel’s ruling could only be appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it makes it past the Senate.
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