Jan 14, 2015

The House Will Protect Constitutional Separation of Powers

Washington, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in support of the House’s efforts to counter President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions.

A transcript of McCarthy’s remarks can be found below, or watch them online here.

“I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, when the President was asked about his deportation policy early in 2013, President Obama said. quote, ‘I’m the President of the United States of America. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’

“A few days earlier he said, Mr. Speaker, and I quote, ‘I am not a King. I am the head of the executive branch of government. I’m required to follow the law.’

“ Twenty-two times, Mr. Speaker, the President said he couldn’t ignore immigration law and create new laws by himself.

“But now, Mr. Speaker, President Obama has done exactly what he said he couldn’t do. What changed between then and now? Nothing.

“Our Constitution is exactly the same, and Congress still retains the sole power to legislate.

“Mr. Speaker, Presidents do not have the right to rewrite any law in any instance.

“The fact is explicitly clear in regards to immigration. Actually, when it comes to immigration, Supreme Court stated, quote,“over no conceivable subject is the legislative power of Congress more complete.”

“This is not a battle between Democrats and Republicans. Or a battle between pro-immigration and anti-immigration. It doesn’t matter whether, Mr. Speaker, you like or dislike the results of what the President did or not.  

“This is about resisting the assault on democratic government and protecting the Constitutional separation of powers.

“And let me be clear: This bill funds the entire Department of Homeland Security. So that is not an issue here.

“So when we vote, there is only one question to ask: do we weaken our Constitution by allowing the Executive to legislate, or do we defend the most fundamental laws of our democracy? There is no middle ground.”