Republicans are enraged about Mr. Obama’s declaration that he will ignore Congress if they refuse to follow through on his mandates.
‘The President is not a law unto himself,’ said Sen. Mike Lee on America’s Newsroom Thursday. He added that Republicans are preparing to file suit over Obama’s unconstitutional overreaches.
President Obama has used Executive Orders to undo existing laws and to rewrite laws, even his own laws, because he prefers to not deal with Congress, in violation of our Constitution. It is an unprecedented abuse of power.
King Obama, can he be stopped?
“The abuse of power by the administration has only become more brazen,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said.
“We can go to court,” GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona told The Hill. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”
“President Obama has this fantasy that he can just use his pen to write laws,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee to the Wall Street Journal. “We don’t have a monarchy in this country—there’s an executive branch and the legislative branch, and the president has to work with Congress to get things done.”
Mr. Obama, the GOP says, has abused his office with selective enforcement of Obamacare and other laws. He has suspended, delayed and waived other laws he disagrees with on immigration, welfare, the Defense of Marriage, and drugs.
Republicans are challenging the HHS mandate which violates the First Amendment in support of Religious organizations, including Catholic nuns, who objected on the grounds that it violates their religious opposition to birth control, abortifacients, and sterlizations. An amicus brief has been filed.
In the case of two Christian businesses – Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods – 18 Republican senators have filed amicus briefs supporting their Supreme Court challenge to the HHS mandate. It is believed to be a violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Resotration Act.
Mr. Obama has selectively issued Obamacare waivers and extensions to select groups and to members of Congress and their staffs. Sen. Ron Johnson is suing over the subsidy to Congress.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is organizing a class action lawsuit against the NSA for its mass collection of phone records, a practice he argues violates the Fourth Amendment.
Democrats cheered the president’s stated intention to ignore Congress on legislative matters. ‘He’s not going to be constrained by the gridlock, inaction and negativity of the Congress of the United States, particularly the Republicans, who have had a very negative agenda,’ House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said.
Sen. Mike Lee speaks about the lawsuit in the next video. The first answer by Sen. Lee was in response to a question asked concerning Eric Holder telling a senate committee Wednesday that there is not necessarily a constitutional review of Executive Orders.