WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC-07) today released the following statement praising the D.C. Federal District Court’s ruling that the House of Representatives has standing in its lawsuit against President Obama:

“When writing the Constitution, our Founding Fathers used a separation of powers to protect the freedom of the people,” said Rice.  “Article II, section 3 of the Constitution states that the President shall ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’  Unfortunately, President Obama has often overstepped the boundaries placed on him by the Constitution and ignored laws written by Congress.  The President has said he has a pen and a phone and he will make the laws if Congress doesn't adopt his agenda.  Well, today the judge took the ink out of his pen and the battery out of his phone.

“Today’s decision by the District Court is tremendously significant.  This lawsuit sets an important precedent for executive overreach and has the potential to reset the relationship between the executive branch and the legislative branch to that outlined in the Constitution.  I applaud Judge Collyer on this momentous decision.” Rice concluded.

In July 2014, the House voted to authorize the lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s executive order delaying the employer mandate provision of Obamacare.  The lawsuit is a scaled-down version of the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution introduced by Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC-07) in December 2013.