Entries in Executive Power (15)
Sept. 12, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging both chambers of Congress to take up legislation on the White House's proposed war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria:
"If the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important enough for the U.S. to fight, then it is important enough for Congress to vote on. Obama cannot go to war unilaterally without Congress, yet that is precisely what his administration seeks to do in order to spare congressional Democrats a tough vote on the eve of the midterm elections. Last time we checked, constitutional provisions such as Congress' war-making powers can neither be suspended by presidential fiat nor for cynical, political calculations.
"This is a subversion of the Constitution of the highest order, and Congress must act immediately to preserve the separation of powers. There should be votes on Obama's war, whether it would pass or not. The people's representatives must have their say on when the nation goes to war, or else members of Congress of both parties will be complicit in this abdication of power."
"Obama still needs Congress to go to war into Syria," By Robert Romano, senior editor, Americans for Limited Government, Sept. 12, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/09/obama-still-needs-congress-go-war-syria/
"Obama's betrayal of the Constitution," By Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School professor, Sept. 12, 2014 at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/opinion/obamas-betrayal-of-the-constitution.html
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Brown advocates radical expansion of Obama executive order power
On Friday afternoon, after getting hit with criticism on his plan to strip citizenship from accused American terrorists, Scott Brown doubled-down. In a recent report by John DiStaso of NH Journal, "Brown suggested that in the meantime, Obama should consider issuing an executive order revoking the citizenship of the American terrorists. 'He likes executive orders,' Brown said. 'This is one executive order that I’d agree with.'"
Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement:
"I don't believe that there is a single Republican in the nation who favors giving President Obama more power to remove Constitutional rights by simply putting pen to paper. Our nominee must demand a check on executive branch overreach, not someone who advocates giving Obama more power.
"According to FindLaw.com, 'Natural-born U.S. citizens may not have their citizenship revoked against their will'.
"I am sickened by the atrocities of ISIS. As prescribed by Article III of the Constitution, any U.S. citizen who has materially aided ISIS should be tried for treason and sentenced to death.
"Scott Brown's advocacy of unconstitutionally expanded executive branch powers parallels his vote to extend the Patriot Act which strips innocent citizens of privacy and due process protections.
"It is the solemn responsibility of a U.S. Senator to exercise sober and mature judgment in matters of war and peace. I encourage Scott Brown to reflect upon and retract his intemperate statement."
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July 29, 2014
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Obama's lawlessness will cost Democrats a landslide defeat in November
Phone lines on Capitol Hill have been overrun with livid voters, beside themselves and cynically unsurprised that Barack Obama is preparing yet another executive action that suspends the nation's immigration laws.
America's bright energy future
The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that next year, the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer.
Controlling the past
"Obamacare has required its partisans to ignore reality."
June 30, 2014
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Republican Machiavellians may get just desserts in Mississippi.
Can Congress delegate its powers to independent entities like Amtrak?
When Congress passes an act, it typically delegates part of its authority to the Executive Branch to promulgate regulations implementing the act. By doing so, the Congress is giving part of its authority over to the Executive to make law.
House subpoenas on IRS emails expand to White House, Treasury, Justice, and FEC
ALG's Mehrens: "When the administration again stonewalls these requests, Chairman [David] Camp needs to be prepared to enforce these subpoenas in federal court."