Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Full Committee Hearing on The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power
For Immediate Release, September 12, 2012; Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer, 202-225-3951
Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith
Full Committee Hearing on
The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power
Chairman Smith: This Committee has held hearings on many of the ways in which the Obama Administration has abused its power, ignored its duties, evaded responsibility and overstepped the Constitution’s limits on the President.
Today’s hearing will look at the pattern of ignoring constitutional limits created by all of these abuses.
The Administration has repeatedly put its partisan agenda above the rule of law. In doing so, it has eroded the constitutional and legal foundations that have kept America prosperous and free for over 200 years.
President Obama has to an unprecedented extent failed to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Instead, he has repeatedly issued blanket waivers that exempt large classes of the population from duly enacted laws.
For example, the President once acknowledged that for him “to simply through executive order ignore” the immigration laws on the books “would not conform with [his] appropriate role as President.”
Nonetheless, he acted contrary to his own words and decided not to enforce some immigration laws.
As a result, in these times of sustained unemployment, American workers will be forced to compete with illegal immigrants who, according to the law should not be given work permits.
Similarly, the Administration has issued waivers to the No Child Left Behind Act and the Welfare reform bill that are so broad that they effectively rewrite the law instead of enforcing it.
Just because you don’t like a law, doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Many people have gone to jail for doing just that. Continued at source.
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