Mr. KINGSTON: Mr. Speaker, article II, section 2, clause 2 of the United States Constitution says that the President must seek advice and consent from the U.S. Senate when appointing his principal officers. That's why it's so alarming that this President has appointed 36 czars, most without the consent of the U.S. Senate.
It let people like Van Jones--an admitted Communist who came up through a Marxist organization called STORM in Oakland, California--and puts him as a principal adviser of the President of the United States without the Senate having any say-so.
I've introduced the Czar Accountability Act. So far, this doesn't seem to bother one Democrat in the House of Representatives that the President seems to be sidestepping the Constitution. Maybe what should bother them is the fact that not one czar has come before the Appropriations Committee to justify and ask for his or her budget, yet these people make $150,000, $170,000 a year. Where is the Democrat Party? Does party come before constitutional duty?
You know, the Founding Fathers moved for balance of government and equal division, and that's what they had in mind.