Executive Powers

No fourth branch of government

Editors, Washington Examiner

On this Constitution Day, it is worth reflecting that in recent years, the dangerous expansion of executive authority has taken two forms. The first covers various attempts by the executive to usurp congressional power, as when a president illegally declared war or claimed the right to make recess appointments without a Senate recess. The second is the attempt to install independent agency heads (as at the CFPB) who are unaccountable to the elected branches of government. If you fear an over-powerful executive, you should be afraid of Kavanaugh’s questioners, not of Kavanaugh himself.

House GOP Passes ‘Enforce the Law’ Act to Battle O’s Imperial Presidency

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Tired of watching helplessly from the sidelines as Obama decided how to enforce the laws they wrote, House R's pushed back, passing a bill they said would at least rope in the courts to serve as potential referees between the branches of gov't.

‘How Does Going From Being a Sen. to a Pres. Rewrite the Constitution?’

Jason Howerton, TheBlaze/AP

Ignoring BHO’s veto threat, the House voted for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief exec. for failure to enforce federal laws. Trey Gowdy read statements by Obama when he was a Sen. in which he warned of the encroachment of the exec. on other branches of gov't.

R's Weigh New Checks on Exec. Powers

Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

GOP officials have long claimed that Obama has violated the law and Constitution and are now pondering ways to reign in Executive Branch powers.