Byrne supports law to limit executive orders

Published 9:02 am Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama) supported passage of H.R. 3973, the Faithful Execution of the Law Act.

Introduced by U.S. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), this bill forces the Obama Administration to report to Congress and the American people in the event of a law’s non-enforcement. Byrne is an original cosponsor of the legislation.

Additionally, Byrne supported passage of H.R. 4138, the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactment of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina).

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This bill gives standing to Congress to file suit against the executive branch for failure to execute the laws passed by the legislative branch. It also grants expedited consideration of any such lawsuit to prevent the President from effectively running out the clock by litigating a lawsuit until the end of his term.

“This Administration has displayed great disregard for the Constitution of the United States, placing its own political priorities over precedent and law by choosing to systematically cut Congress out of the process through executive action,” Byrne said.

“This behavior is not only unconstitutional; it is outright dangerous, placing our country on a slippery slope to an imperial presidency that goes against the intent of the founding fathers.”

Conservatives have argued Obama’s expansive use of executive power violates the Constitution and undermines the democratic process. During his State of the Union Address earlier this year, Obama threatened that he would expand this practice if Congress failed to do as he asked.

“We must take action now to prevent this President from further fraying the very fibers that have held this country together for centuries,” Byrne said. “Today, my conservative colleagues and I are taking a strong stand against the Administration’s unconstitutional behavior, granting Congress and the courts the flexibility to swiftly and forcefully check the expanding power of the executive.”