The House passed the ENFORCE the Law Act by a 233-181 party-line vote on Wednesday March 12th, and one of the bill’s sponsors said President Barack Obama would have voted for it when he was a senator.
The bill, appropriately titled;
“Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act,”
Gowdy, appearing Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” said Obama, as a senator, decried the balance of power’s shifting toward the executive branch.
“You hate to use the word duplicity, but when you change your position based solely on what your title is, it either leads me to believe it wasn’t a deeply held conviction in the first place, or maybe you’re engaging a little bit in duplicity,” Gowdy said.
The purpose of the bill is to give any member of the House or Senate standing in court to sue a president or any member of the executive branch who refuses to follow his constitutional duty to uphold the laws passed by Congress, Gowdy said.
Gowdy and other Republicans say Obama is not enforcing his own healthcare law because he is granting waivers and extensions for what they say are political purposes. Gowdy also pointed to Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, who has declined to enforce mandatory minimum sentences.
“You may not like mandatory minimums. I personally don’t like them in drug cases. But it’s the law,” Gowdy said.
Congress currently has other options, Gowdy acknowledged, but they aren’t always effective. Congress can withhold money through the budgeting process, but that can hurt innocent people. Impeachment is another option, but Gowdy said that is a penalty and not a remedy. A lawsuit, he said, can enable the judicial branch to force the executive branch to enforce duly passed laws.
Gowdy’s bill isn’t likely to progress any farther, he acknowledged, considering that Democrats control the Senate.
“I think with the current constitution of the Senate, it probably is on life support,” he said.
During the argument for the bill, Gowdy turned up the heat with common sense and facts. We all know just how much Liberal Progressives love facts, don’t we? Gowdy’s floor speech didn’t fall short of my expectations. He kicked it right off, making his points with conviction and without hesitation. I have attached the transcript of the speech but why not go through some of his speech right now.
After the formalities, Gowdy went on to say,
“Mr. Speaker, I want to have a pop quiz.”
“I’m going to read a quote, then you tell me who said it.”
Gowdy then began reading a quote by, none other than, “Senator Barack Obama.”
“These last few years we have seen an unacceptable abuse of power. Having a president whose priority is expanding his own power.”
Gowdy then posed a question to the speaker and revealed the answer shortly after,
“Any guess on who said that? Mr. Speaker, it was Senator Barack Obama.”
He wasn’t done yet, several more quotes from Senator Barack Obama followed.
“No law can give congress a backbone if it refuses to stand off as a co-equal branch, the constitution made it.”
“What do we do with a president who can basically change what congress passed by attaching a letter saying I don’t agree with this part or that part.”
“I taught the constitution for ten years, I believe in the constitution.”
The final quote was preceded by,
“And my favorite Mr. Speaker,”
“One of the most important jobs of the Supreme Court is to guard against the encroachment of the Executive Branch on the power of the other branches and I think the Chief Justice has been a little too willing and eager, to give the President more power than I think the congress or the constitution originally intended.”
Gowdy then drove the point home with the following statements,
“How in the world can you get before the Supreme Court if you don’t have standing? What did the president mean by that, when he looked to the Supreme Court to reign in executive over reach? If you don’t have standing how could you possibly get before the Supreme Court?”
“What’s Changed? How does going from being a Senator to a President rewrite the Constitution? What’s different from when he was a senator?”
Gowdy ended the speech with a simple but effective fact.
“We don’t pass suggestions Mr. Speaker, we don’t pass ideas, we pass laws and we expect them to be faithfully executed.”
Gowdy hit the nail on the head once again, It seems that he has a knack for it. Out of all the speeches I review, there is not one other political figure I enjoy transcribing more than Trey Gowdy, well Ronald Reagan is still the reigning champion but never the less Gowdy’s speeches are fun to work with.