Congressman Brett Guthrie voted on Wednesday, July 30 in support of a bill that provides a pathway for legal action to be taken against the president.
“We’re seeing a president who is not interested in working through the appropriate and necessary legislative channels to make laws,” said Guthrie. “With no regard for Congress, the president has taken a clear ‘my way or the highway’ approach. That’s not how the law-making process was designed and flies in the face of the Constitution.”
“President Obama said during his last State of the Union address that he had a pen and a phone. It turns out he’s only interested in using his pen. There are three branches in the U.S. government - something the president seems to forget.”
H.Res. 676 authorizes the Speaker of the House to file a lawsuit against President Obama for not faithfully executing the law and fulfilling his duties as president, as required by the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit focuses on the requirements of Obamacare and the president’s unilateral delay of the employer mandate. While the House has passed legislation many times to stop Obamacare’s implementation, the president does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally rewrite laws.
“President Obama and I were first sworn into office at the same time. He vowed to move past partisan politics and lead a transparent government, and I had hoped we could work together to solve the problems facing our nation. It’s exceedingly clear that this is an ‘imperial presidency,’ a far cry from the collaborative, open environment he promised,” said Guthrie.