February 23, 2014
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To me, the founders’ vision of the presidency and our government was simple. There was to be a system of checks and balances so that no one person could become too powerful.
That’s why I’m extremely concerned about President Obama’s recent statement on his willingness to completely bypass Congress to achieve what he wants.
Although it’s been in the news lately, unilateral executive actions are not new to this administration. They’ve used executive orders to delay unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act, and to push back layoffs until after an election.
I believe this is a violation of the Constitution, which is why I’ve signed onto the STOP Act, a bill that would allow Congress to take action to prevent executive orders.
Right now, Democrats control the White House and the Senate, and Republicans control the House. The nature of divided government is that not everyone is going to agree on everything 100 percent of the time.
Rather than relying on unilateral action by the executive branch, the president should sit down and work with Congress to figure out what can be accomplished. To simply rely on going at it alone is dangerous, sets a bad precedent and I believe is unconstitutional.
David P. Joyce
U.S. House of Representatives,