“The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” That was the subject and title of a hearing held by the House Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday. The committee is composed of 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats. Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) explained the hearing was necessary given recent actions taken by the President.
“The Obama Administration, however, has ignored the Constitution’s carefully balanced separation of powers and unilaterally granted itself the extra-constitutional authority to amend the laws and to waive or suspend their enforcement,” Goodlatte stated. “The President’s far-reaching claims of executive power, if left unchecked, will vest the President with broad domestic policy authority that the Constitution does not grant him.”
Four witnesses were heard from during the hearing: Professor Jonathan Turley from the George Washington University Law School; Professor Nicholas Rosenkranz, from the Georgetown University Law Center; Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies Cato Institute.