Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) released the following statement Friday after a federal appeals court ruled today President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board violated constitutional restrictions on recess appointments. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/25/federal-court-obama-broke-law-recess-appointments/)
The three appointments were ruled invalid, and the NRLB no longer has a quorum to conduct business.
"I am not surprised a federal court has ruled President Obama abused his power and engaged in unlawful executive actions. President Obama sees the rule of law as a curious antiquity. Millions of Americans gave President Obama this historic opportunity at the Presidency. Rather than focus on the economy, President Obama has so far squandered their trust on reckless power grabs. I hope this strong judicial rebuke will humble President Obama and cause him to reconsider his ill-guided actions and agenda.
"No matter their party affiliation or political opinions, all members of Congress should be concerned when the executive branch assumes for itself unchecked, unlawful and unconstitutional new powers. Each of have a moral duty to consider the long-term impact of our actions, instead of the immediate partisan political benefits.
"That is why I and Senator Paul have introduced legislation restoring executive actions to their constitutional boundaries. H.R. 410, the "Restore the Constitution Act," is an important first step toward restoring our constitutional system of separation of powers, which is necessary for a healthy and secure republic."