The House Judiciary Committee passed a resolution Wednesday in an effort to rein in rampant executive overreach — a measure done largely in response to President Barack Obama’s overuse of executive orders.
The resolution creates a task force to study executive overreach and ways to reduce it. Many in Congress believe the measure will be the first step to restoring power to Congress after a slew of contentious executive orders from Obama.
In a Monday USA Today editorial, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte pointed to Obama’s executive action on immigration and his efforts to prevent Congress from gaining access to documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious scandal as executive overreach. He also blasted Obama because he has “delayed the Obamacare employer mandate unilaterally, essentially stopped the enforcement of our immigration laws, provided quasi-legal status to unlawful immigrants, and released terrorists from Guantanamo Bay without notifying Congress as required by law.”
Goodlatte said the overreach is bipartisan, predating Obama, and includes former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s abuse of prosecutor discretion on immigration.
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