Congressman Joyce signs on to measure to stop presidential overreach

In the House, more than 100 Republican members have signed on to the Stop This Overreaching President (STOP) Resolution. In it, Rep. Tom Rice, R-SC, lays out the ways in which he believes the president has violated his Article 2, Section 3 constitutional duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Rice points to the president’s unilateral modifications to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), welfare-to-work requirements and immigration laws.

If a majority of House members support the STOP resolution, it would authorize a civil lawsuit against Obama.  In the past, members have had a tough time launching lawsuits against a sitting president.

Former Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio tried to sue both President George W. Bush and Obama. Both times, a federal judge turned away his lawsuits.

Georgetown University law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz has doubts that the current effort will be successful, but grasps the motivation.  “I quite understand their frustration,” he says, adding, “The president has taken a lot of actions that seem a bit more like writing law or rewriting law – rather than taking care that it be faithfully executed.”

Rosenkranz says another tool could be more effective for Congress: the power of the purse. He notes that it gives members a great deal of leverage when they’re united.

It’s a tactic Sen.Mike Lee, R-Utah, is publicly floating. “James Madison talked about this and said when the president abuses his power, the best thing Congress can do is withhold funding for the president, so the president can’t continue to hurt the American people,” he said.

There is yet another option which few are willing to publicly discuss. “A check on executive lawlessness is impeachment,” Rosenkranz said in a House hearing last December. Kucinich says the maneuver should be reserved for only “the most extraordinary circumstances,” but admits “it’s in the Constitution as a check against the abuse of power.”

Even some of Obama’s own one-time supporters say he would be wise to remember his words from the 2008 campaign trail.  On March 31, 2008, then-Senator Obama told a crowd at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, “I take the Constitution very seriously.”

He went on to say that one of the country’s biggest problems was the use of executive power by then-President Bush, adding, “That’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”

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Rep. Dave Joyce files to seek re-election to Congress (From the News Herald)

By John Arthur Hutchison, The News-Herald

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce announced Wednesday that he has filed candidacy petitions with the Lake County Elections Board to seek re-election to Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

Joyce, R-Russell Township, seeks a second two-year term in office after he was first elected in November 2012.

The 14th Congressional District consists of all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, plus parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

The filing deadline for partisan candidates to submit candidacy petitions to seek their party’s nomination for the position in the May 6 primary is Feb. 5. The general election is Nov. 4.

Joyce is the first candidate to file for the position.

“I’ve spent the last year fighting to get Washington on a budget, protect Ohioans from the health care law, and improve the economy to bring more jobs back to Northeast Ohio,” Joyce said in a news release to make his announcement. “This is about making America more competitive, more innovative and more productive.”

He said there have been accomplishments in his first two years, but the work is far from completion.

“That’s why I’m humbly asking for the chance to continue my fight on behalf of Northeast Ohio,” Joyce said.

The congressman cited work to boost jobs and the economy through introduction of the SAVE Act, voting to repeal and fix the Affordable Care Act, and to help Congress pass it’s first budget in four years.

Joyce also said he has worked to ensure that Lake Erie receives the resources it needs to continue to be an economic powerhouse and job creation source.

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It’s official. I filed my petitions and am proud to announce I’m running for reelection!


Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) officially announced that he will run for re-election as Ohio’s 14th Congressional District representative. Joyce filed his petitions this afternoon at the Lake County Board of Elections, and will hold a campaign kickoff meeting with a group of supporters and volunteers this evening in Lake County. Joyce stated:

“I believe in an American Dream where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can still get ahead. However, I believe there’s much work to be done to ensure that American Dream remains a reality for my three kids and one day their own children.”

Joyce continued, “I’ve spent the last year fighting to get Washington on a budget, protect Ohioans from the health care law, and improve the economy to bring more jobs back to Northeast Ohio. This is about making America more competitive, more innovative and more productive. We’ve accomplished much, but the work is far from over. That’s why I’m humbly asking for the chance to continue my fight on behalf of Northeast Ohio.”

During his first year in Congress, Rep. Joyce has worked to boost jobs and the economy by:

Introducing the SAVE Act which will cut $200 billion in wasteful government spending and programs.

Voting to repeal and fix the Affordable Care Act, including support for the Keep Your Health Plan Act.

Helping pass the first budget in 4 years and supporting No Budget, No Pay, which prohibits Congress from being paid unless they pass a budget.

Voting to hold the IRS accountable for abuses of power.

Boosting our region’s greatest economic and environmental resource, the Great Lakes, by ensuring  Lake Erie receives the resources necessary to continue to be an economic powerhouse and source of job creation.

Joyce was first elected to Congress in November of 2012. He and his wife Kelly live in Russell Township  with their three children. Official re-election video can be found below:


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Fire and rescue volunteers won’t be considered full-time employees under Obamacare, Treasury Department says

By Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday acted to alleviateconcerns by emergency service workers nationwide by declaring the federal government won’t count “bona fide” volunteer fire and ambulance personnel as full-timers when it decides which employers must provide health insurance for workers under the Affordable Care Act.

Volunteer fire and ambulance squads in Ohio and around the country worried the new law’s employer mandate would force them to insure their volunteers — most of whom already have insurance through their full-time jobs — or block their volunteers from working 30 hours a week, the law’s threshold for labeling workers as full time.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark J. Mazur posted a blog item on the Treasury Department’s website on Friday afternoon that said upcoming regulations on employers’ responsibility to provide insurance for workers “will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents.”

He said the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service got numerous comments from lawmakers, and local fire and Emergency Medical Service departments that rely on volunteers when it sought feedback on proposed regulations on the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act in December 2012.

“The comments generally suggested that the employer responsibility rules should not count volunteer hours of nominally compensated volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents),” he said.

Mazur said the Treasury Department soon intends to issue more complete final regulations, that will “provide timely guidance for the volunteer emergency responder community.”

“We think this guidance strikes the appropriate balance in the treatment provided to traditional full-time emergency responder employees, bona fide volunteers, and to our Nation’s first responder units, many of which rely heavily on volunteers,” Mazur said.

Dave Finger, director of government relations for the National Volunteer Fire Council, which represents state fire and rescue organizations around the country, called the decision “great news.”

“It looks like they’ve addressed the issue in exactly the way we asked them to,” said Finger. “We are obviously going to wait and see what the final regulatory language looks like to be certain. It seems like they got the message that we were trying to send them and that Congress was trying to send them.”

A bipartisan group of Congress members last month proposed legislation that would ensure the Affordable Care Act doesn’t count emergency service volunteers as full-time employees. Russell Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce said he plans to pursue the bill’s passage despite the Treasury Department’s statement.

“This is good news for our local fire departments, but I continue to believe the best way to protect them is by making the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act law,” said Joyce.

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Congressman Dave Joyce Recognized For Leadership On Issues Important To Children During 2013.

Members of Congress Recognized as Champions for Children

December 11, 2013

Washington — Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group,recognized 100 Members of Congress for leadership on issues important to children during 2013.

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Champions and Defenders delivered for kids.”

The advocacy organization recognized as “Champions for Children” 50 Members of Congress for their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation. An additional 50 Members were recognized as “Defenders of Children” for their support of policies that advance the well-being of children.

In selecting Champions and Defenders, the First Focus Campaign for Children noted leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to meet children’s needs. In addition, the organization considered Members who demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to improve the health and well-being of children. The 2013 Champions and Defenders are:
2013 Champions for Children

Champions for Children made extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation.


Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)



Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)


2013 Defenders of Children

Defenders of Children supported efforts to advance policies to improve the well-being of America’s children.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)



Del. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
Rep. José Serrano (D-NY)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)


This is the Campaign for Children’s fourth annual class of Champions for Children. For more information about past honorees, visit

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