WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of the ENFORCE the Law Act and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act:
“The Constitution clearly states that once laws are enacted, the president is tasked with responsibly enforcing them. However, the Administration’s unrestrained executive overreach has led to a long list of executive actions to selectively enforce the law or sidestep Congress to push political priorities. Most recently, the president unilaterally delayed or modified several parts of ObamaCare due to the law’s devastating impact on families and businesses.
“In order to rein in the Administration’s overreach, the House approved two bills this week to restore balance to the separation of powers. The ENFORCE the Law Act and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act would provide Congress and the American people with the knowledge of when any federal official fails to enforce existing federal law, as well as give Congress the ability to legally hold the president accountable for failing to faithfully execute the law. These important bills would prevent the troublesome expansion of executive power that we’ve witnessed from the current Administration and provide the American people with certainty that the laws on the books will be followed.”