Rep. Doug Collins and Obama

Doug Collins was featured in a Politico story about the STOP (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) Resolution. Here’s the story from the press release.

Congressman Collins Among Sponsors of STOP Act

A group of House Republicans is pushing a resolution to bring legal action against President Barack Obama for overstepping his authority in executive orders.

The STOP (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) resolution, sponsored by Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), targets Obama for allowing a year extension health care policies that were ended because of Obamacare; delaying the employer mandate for one year; deferring the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children and waiving part of the welfare work requirement.

“He’s got a pen and a telephone, it’s true, but we’ve got the Constitution,” Rice said on Wednesday. “The prosperity of this country arose from those freedoms and they must be protected.”

Republicans renewed their criticism about the president overstepping his constitutional bounds after Tuesday’s State of the Union address when Obama said that without congressional cooperation, he would move to act on his own.

“The President will work with Congress where he can, but when they are recalcitrant, he’s not going throw up his hands and do nothing,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “Instead, he’s going to use his lawful authority to strengthen the economy and the middle class. That’s what the American people expect, and that’s what they deserve.”

Rice said he’s spoken with the House GOP leadership about the resolution — which would be non-binding if it ever advanced, and wouldn’t need Senate approval — and a hearing is being scheduled in both the Judiciary and Administration Committees.

The resolution has 74 Republican cosponsors, ranging from the more conservative to moderate members. Rice held a press conference to announce it Wednesday with 12 other Republicans.

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) pointed to efforts by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to pass energy laws that have been ignored by the White House. He said Obama work with lawmakers instead of acting alone.

“This is an issue that affects the entire American nation,” Lance said.

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said it is important for the House to send a message and involve the judicial branch in any dispute with the administration.

“You cannot rule by fiat,” Miller said. “I signed on to this resolution because I have watched this president overreach.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Obama should work with Congress.

“We have a president who once taught the Constitution who has now forgotten the Constitution,” Collins said.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said overreach by the executive branch is not a Republican or Democratic issue because it sets a precedent for all presidents.

“To suggest that he can write laws without Congress is an insult to the American people,” Scalise said. “Our country rejects the concept of dictatorship.”

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said the president should have watched School House Rock cartoons to learn that the executive branch doesn’t write laws.

“There is nothing in that cartoon that says the president has the authority to go around the Constitution,” Davis said.

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  1. Max Power says:

    For a guy who seemed pretty bright in law school Doug Collins is turning out to be a pretty dumb congressman. I mean does he really think Obama “has forgotten the Constitution?” Of course not, it’s just a line that he or someone on his staff would get some attention. Seriously Doug, I’ve always disagreed with your politics but you can do better than this.

    • GB101 says:

      Do you believe that Obama’s actions on the so called mini dream act and all the alterations to the ACA are constitutional?

      • Max Power says:

        Given the latitude courts have traditionally given the executive yes. It’s time on realize why every President since Washington has exceed the scope of article 2, as a governing doc the constitution simply isn’t that good.

        • James Fannin says:

          Doug Collins is indeed a smart guy and maybe, jsut maybe President Obama has finally pushed Congress and the American people far enough that they will do what the Framers intended and assert themselves as a co-equal branch of government and take back the power. For starters, I predict the Supreme Court will unanimously rule against Obama’s arrogant determination that he, as president, has the power to determine whether the legislative branch can decide for themselves when and if their institution is in recess.

          The worst moment in this week’s SOTU address was when Obama basically declared he would bypass rule by decree and bypass Congress and nearly every single Democratic member jumped to their feet to cheer and declare themselves essentially useless and irrelevant. Really? The Framers would be shocked. They created a strong Congress to protect the nation against a future Obama and never would have imagined members of the institution might one day willingly not just abdicate its responsiblity but cheer the man who was making them irrelevant. I’d say a resolution stopping this overreaching president is a good place to start.

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