Jul 10, 2014

Whip McCarthy Statement on Suing the President of the United States

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding the House resolution to file suit against the President:

“When I first came to Congress almost eight years ago, before I ever cast a vote on behalf of my constituents, I swore an oath. I solemnly swore that I would support and defend the Constitution of the United States and that I would faithfully discharge the duties of my office. I have lived up to that oath every single day.

“The President took a similar oath upon assuming the Office of President. However, on numerous occasions the President has inappropriately interpreted, selectively applied, ignored, or rewritten the law. It has reached a tipping point. A few months ago, the House passed legislation that would require the President to ‘take care to faithfully execute’ duly passed laws as they are written or be held accountable in federal court. He has failed to do so. Two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled two of the President’s executive actions were unconstitutional.

“The American people are frustrated. The Congress they elected to represent them in Washington is frustrated. The President has not faithfully discharged the duties of his office, which is why I support House consideration of a resolution authorizing this Body to file suit against the President to force him to uphold the oath he took and abide by the Constitution.”