Washington, DC –  Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) will testify tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. before the House Judiciary Committee about recent executive overreaches and the legislative solution he introduced, H.Res. 442,  to stop the President from bypassing Congress.  

This hearing will build on the Committee’s examination of this issue last December, where the Committee heard from legal scholars regarding the constitutional concerns raised by President Obama’s pattern of refusing to enforce our laws.  The hearing will include two separate panels of witnesses.  The first panel will include Congressman Rice and three Members of Congress who have introduced legislation on the issue of executive overreach, and the second panel will include constitutional scholars.

“President Obama commandingly stated that he will ‘take steps without legislation’ to change our nation’s laws and declared 2014 a year of action,” said Congressman Rice.  “This Congress and our Constitution will not be ignored.  We too will have a year of action and ensure that our freedom is not eroded.    

“My colleagues and I support the STOP Resolution because we believe, as our Founders did, that one man is not greater than the Constitution, and that a government of the people, by the people and for the people is more than just a broken campaign promise.  It is who we are as Americans and it must not be ignored,” concluded Rice.

WHAT: House Judiciary Committee Hearing titled, Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law

WHEN: Wednesday, February 25 at 10:00 AM EST

WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building                                                

Watch the hearing live HERE.

Witnesses for the first panel include the following members of Congress:

  • Representative Tom Rice (R-SC): Last December, Rep. Rice introduced the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution (H. Res. 442). The resolution directs the House to institute legal action to require the President to comply with the law.
  • Representative Jim Gerlach (R-PN): Earlier this year, Rep. Gerlach introduced the Enforce the Take Care Clause Act (H.R. 3857).  This legislation puts a procedure in place for the House or the Senate to authorize and bring a lawsuit to seek immediate judicial relief in the event that a president fails to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
  • Representative Diane Black (R-TN): In December 2013, Rep. Black introduced the Immigration Compliance Enforcement (ICE) Act (H.R. 3732).  This legislation defunds the “public advocate” position, regardless of the title of the job, within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Although an amendment authored by Rep. Black to defund this position was included in the final Continuing Resolution that was signed into law last spring, the Obama Administration quietly changed the title of the position but kept the same person in it and made no changes to the job itself.
  • Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL): Last month, Rep. DeSantis introduced the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (H.R. 3973). The legislation strengthens current law and promotes transparency and honesty in the federal government by requiring all federal officials who establish or implement a formal or informal policy to refrain from enforcing a federal law to report to Congress on the reason for the non-enforcement.

Witnesses for the second panel will include the following constitutional scholars:

  • Mr. Jonathan Turley, Professor, George Washington University Law School:  Professor Turley is a critic of the expansion of executive power and, although a Democrat, has been highly critical of many of the President’s unilateral actions. He testified at the Committee’s hearing in December.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor, Florida International University College of Law: Professor Foley has written or co-written several articles about the President’s failures to faithfully execute the laws.
  • Mr. Christopher Schroeder, Professor, Duke Law School: Professor Schroeder served for nearly three years as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice under the Obama Administration.

All House Judiciary Committee hearings are webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov. The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information on the hearing, click here.