Today, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement about the House passage of two pieces of legislation this week: the Faithful Execution of the Law Act and the ENFORCE the Law Act.
"For five years, President Obama has stretched his authority to unprecedented levels -- acting as sole judge and jury, while only selectively executing the laws passed by a duly elected Congress. To combat executive overreach and restore the balance of power the Founders envisioned, the House passed two pieces of legislation this week. Under the Faithful Execution of the Law Act, federal officials would be responsible for alerting Congress if laws were not enforced and explain why. Additionally, the ENFORCE the Law Act will give Congress the tools to assert their equal role as the people's representatives in our government and hold the Administration accountable if they refuse to implement the law.
"Our nation's founders laid out for us a vision of checks and balances among co-equal branches of government. It is our duty to uphold their legacy, reining in and preventing abuses of power that alter the long-term trajectory of our democracy by minimizing the power of the people in their representative government."