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Blog: Maintaining the Balance of Power

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President Obama has shown time and time again that he has no problem circumventing congress and abusing his executive authority when it comes to getting something that he wants.

From the president's executive order granting work permits to illegal immigrants, to his refusal to ask for Congressional consent before involving U.S. military forces in Libya, to his use of executive privilege in preventing the release of documents relating to the Fast and Furious investigation, it seems that this president believes that at times there is really only one branch of government.

In January of this year, the president bypassed the Senate in making three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and one to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By law, each of these appointees required Senate confirmation before they could assume office. Because of the president's actions, several Republican Senators have joined a lawsuit arguing that President Obama has violated the Constitution.

In order to preserve the rights of the Congress and specifically the advice and consent role of the Senate under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, I have been tapped by House Leadership to return to Washington this week to hold the United States House of Representatives open in a pro forma session of Congress, while the Senate and House are back home. Pro Forma sessions keep the Congress from going into recess and thereby prevent the president from appointing individuals to important posts in the government without first seeking congressional consent.

It is regrettable that these sorts of measures need to be taken, but House Republicans have made a firm commitment to ensuring that this administration is held accountable and that each branch of the federal government abides by the limited powers it is given by the Constitution.

While in Washington, I also look forward to meeting with Congressional staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the security situation in Benghazi. We are currently in the process of preparing for a hearing in response to recent information provided to the committee regarding security problems that existed in Libya prior to the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

One of the key reasons my freshman Republican colleagues and I were elected in November was because the American people were tired of an unaccountable Federal Government that had no regard for the fundamental principles this nation was built on. I will be in Washington to remind the president that we will continue to combat his efforts to trample upon the separation of powers simply because he chooses not to work with Congress.


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