GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy slams Obama, demands he obeys our laws! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

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By JOE NEWBY

In a fiery speech supporting a bill requiring President Obama to faithfully execute the laws passed by Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who once called Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “mind-numbingly stupid,” hammered Obama for his failure to enforce federal laws he doesn’t like.

“How does going from being a senator to a president rewrite the Constitution?” he asked. “What’s different from when he was a senator? Mr. Speaker, I don’t think there’s an amendment to the Constitution that I’ve missed. I try to keep up with those with regularity.”

“We all swore an allegiance to the same document that the president swears allegiance to, to faithfully execute the law,” he added. “If a president does not faithfully execute the law… what are our remedies?”

He also said Congress should do what then-Senator Obama once suggested: “To go to the Supreme Court and have the Supreme Court say once and for all: ‘We don’t pass suggestions in this body. … We don’t pass ideas — we pass laws. And we expect them to be faithfully executed.’”

The house bill, H.R. 4138 — also known as the “ENFORCE the Law Act” — passed the House in a 233-181 vote and now heads to the Senate, but, the Washington Examiner said, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is unlikely to let it receive a vote.

Five house Democrats joined Republicans in pushing the measure which is intended to combat what many call the “imperial presidency” of Barack Obama.

The Washington Free Beacon said that so far, Obama has unilaterally altered Obamacare at least 20 times and unilaterally instituted the Dream Act.

If passed into law, the measure would authorize the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for not enforcing laws while providing an expedited process through federal district courts. It is only one of several measures intended to rein the executive branch in, the Free Beacon added.

“From Obamacare to welfare and education reform, to our nation’s drug enforcement and immigration laws, President Obama has been picking and choosing which laws to enforce,” said House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. “In place of the checks and balances established by the Constitution, President Obama has proclaimed that ‘I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer’ and that ‘where [Congress] won’t act, I will.’”

Obama has also repeatedly said the he has a “pen and a phone,” and has threatened to take unilateral action when he sees fit.

Democrats, however, called the vote a “sham.”

“It is simply another attempt by the majority to prevent the President of the United States to implement duly enacted legislative initiatives that they [the Republicans] oppose,” said Rep. John Conyers, D., Mich.

But Jonathan Turley, a liberal constitutional professor who generally sides with Obama on policy, disagreed, telling Congress the president has brought the country to what he called a “constitutional tipping point.”

“I believe we are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system,” Turley said. “It’s a dangerous point for our system to be in, and I believe that your response has to begin before this president leaves office. No one in our system goes it alone.”

Obama has threatened to veto this and other measures requiring him to follow the law, claiming it “violates the separation of powers” by encroaching on his authority.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, lashed out at Obama for making the threat.

“The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans get to decide which laws they’re going to follow,” he said. “The fact that the president would threaten to veto a measure requiring him to uphold his constitutional obligations underscores why this bill is needed, and why Senate Democrats should pass it immediately.” SEE MORE AT THE EXAMINER

 

 

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