House acts to curb Obama’s imperial presidency

Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Plans would draw line in sand for White House executive actions
Mar. 8, 2014

Critics say Barack Obama’s forays outside the Constitution are well known: His Obamacare and his arbitrary changes to the law, waiving work requirements under welfare reform, “recess” appointments, refusing to defend federal law (DOMA) and ignoring states that set up their own laws in direct conflict with federal law.

The Heritage Foundation has issued a report of the details, describing the “Top 10 Abusive Executive Actions,” including “inventing labor law ‘exemptions’ in violation of the WARN Act so that workers would not receive notice of impending layoffs days before the 2012 election.”

Now Congress is preparing to try to rein in the president, with legislative plans that would authorize even legal action against the White House if the circumstances require.

It’s parallel to a move already under way among the states calling for a constitutional convention, or a convention of the states, in which citizen legislatures can propose constitutional amendments. They could include term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court or a limit on executive orders through a process that bypasses the president, Congress and even their own governors.

A report by the Hill says the congressional proposal, which has two prongs, will be taken up next week.

The first is the ENFORCE Act, H.R. 4138, “which would allow the House or Senate to authorize legal action against the administration’s willful neglect of the law,” the Hill reported.

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