Is Congress Finally Moving To Impeach Obama?

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By Michael Lotfi,

South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice (R) has filed a congressional resolution, which would, if adopted, direct the body “to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.”

President Obama has refused to uphold laws as written and passed by Congress. Most notably the President has changed and rewritten, at will, his landmark legislative achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The President’s actions are unconstitutional pursuant to Article I, Section 1 and Article II Section, 3.

Article I, Section 1 states that only Congress has the authority to legislate, and Article II, Section 3 states that the President must faithfully execute the laws, which have been passed by Congress.

By rewriting the Patient Care Act and refusing to enforce specific details of the law, President Obama has acted outside of his constitutionally delegated authority.

“President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive Branch to implement and enforce the laws written by Congress and vested this power in the President.  However, President Obama has chosen to ignore some of the laws written by Congress and implemented by preceding Presidents,” Rep. Rice wrote in a letter to House members to ask them to co-sponsor his resolution.

The resolution reads more so like a lawsuit, but it certainly sounds like a move towards impeachment.

At this moment, 29 members of Congress have co-sponsoring Rice’s Resolution: Bachmann (MN), Bridenstine (OK), Chaffetz (UT), J. Duncan (SC), DeSantis (FL), Franks (AZ), Gowdy (SC), Harris (MD), Lamborn (CO), LaMalfa (CA), Marino (PA), McClintock (CA), Meadows (NC), Nunnelee (MS), Pittenger (NC), Posey (FL), Tom Price (GA), Ribble (WI), Salmon (AZ), Sanford (SC), Schweikert (AZ), Stewart (UT), Stockman (TX), Walberg (MI), Weber (TX), Wenstrup (OH), Williams (TX), Joe Wilson (SC), and Yoho (FL)

The resolution reads (Provided by The Weekly Standard):

  1. Directing the House of Representatives to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.

  2. Whereas President Obama and officials in his administration have frequently overstepped the limits placed on executive branch power by the Constitution;

  3. Whereas because of President Obama’s continuing failure to faithfully execute the laws, his administration’s actions cannot be addressed by the enactment of new laws, be- cause Congress cannot assume that the President will execute the new laws any more faithfully than the laws he has already ignored, leaving Congress with no legislative remedy to prevent the establishment of what is in effect an imperial presidency; and

  4. Whereas it is therefore necessary and appropriate for Congress to turn to the courts to ensure the faithful execution of the laws as required by the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it

  5. Resolved,

  6. SECTION 1. DIRECTING CIVIL ACTION BY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN RESPONSE TO CERTAIN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACTIONS.

  7. (a) CIVIL ACTION.—The House of Representatives shall bring a civil action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge any of the following policies or actions:

  8. (1) The policy of the Department of Health and Human Services that, with respect to health insurance coverage that is renewed for a policy year during the period beginning January 1, 2014, and ending October 1, 2014, health insurance issuers may continue to offer coverage that would otherwise be terminated or cancelled for being out of compliance with various requirements of title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and corresponding portions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as announced by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on November 14, 2013.

  9. (2) The 1-year delay in the application of the reporting requirements of sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (and related requirements of section 4980H of such Code), as provided under Department of the Treasury Notice 2013–45, as announced by the Department of the Treasury on July 2, 2013.

  10. (3) The policy of the Department of Homeland Security to exercise prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children, as announced by the Department of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012.

  11. (4) The authorization, approval, renewal, modification, or extension of any experimental, pilot, or demonstration project under section 1115 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315) that waives compliance with a requirement of section 407 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 607) through a waiver of section 402 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 602).

  12. (b) NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS PROVIDED TO BRING ACTIONS.—Any amounts obligated or expended by the House of Representatives to carry out this resolution during a fiscal year shall be derived from existing appropriations for salaries and expenses of the House for that fiscal year, and nothing in this resolution may be construed as authorizing an increase in the amount of budget authority available to the House for that fiscal year.

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18 comments for “Is Congress Finally Moving To Impeach Obama?

  1. Robert A. Nicolotti, PhD
    February 17, 2014 at 3:49 am

    The Executive branch of U.S. government has become the purveyor of Constitutional red line crossing:
    • The definition of illegal enemy combatant giving the administration the gull to flaunt every human right of individuals so identified.
    • The use of torture to the brink of death to extraction information from individuals of interest by whisking them to foreign lands that give tacit approval of torture, to avoid its own and international law.
    • Making summary assassination via drone strikes on anyone defined as enemy of national self-interest, including American citizens against constitutional and international law a norm of national foreign policy.
    • Flaunting separation of powers by Executive orders, and unilateral covert actions such as the cyber attack on Iran, an act of war, and drone strikes on sovereign nations against their condemnation.
    • Wholesale eavesdropping of American citizens’ private communication for future mining of any “red flag” term it deems hostile.
    • Intentionally driving the Nation headlong into economic disaster, the likes of which could force anarchy upon the people, for which Executive Order has already established dictatorial martial law control.
    • Refusing to enforce laws deemed political incorrect by presidential fiat.
    Any one of the aforementioned abridgments to our Constitution begs for impeachment. When are the citizens of the U.S. going to take seriously the admonition of the Declaration of Independence: When a government will not protect inalienable human rights, then the people must promptly throw them out.

  2. lilbear68
    January 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    O has 100% bulletproof impeachment insurance, Joe Biden, no one will take a chance that Joe might become president. that’s even crazier than electing O to the presidency

  3. Monica
    December 16, 2013 at 3:15 am

    What are we waiting for? Until we become another Cuba? Look what has happen to Venezuela! Obama must go before he causes more harm to this country……

  4. AnActualRepulican
    December 16, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Good to know a lot Americans have shorter attention spans than history itself. Where were all of these passionate cries for impeachment when GWB used the fear and anguish of the American people to treat the Constitution like his own personal roll of toilet paper? The only thing impeachment proceedings will do is further embolden the Democratic Party base going into the 2014 and 2016 elections. The problem isn’t Obama… The problem is my party doesn’t seem capable of getting its act together without alienating 55+% of the American public. Perhaps, just perhaps if we actually focused on legitamate economic issues without rallying around such toxic social matters, we might actually win an election when it matters most.

  5. Truth Seeker
    December 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    As much as I’d like to see the President get impeached, I’m not getting my hopes up. People have been squawking impeachment for a while, I’m still waiting to see some action. I’m not sure congress has the balls to do it.

    People need to stop making this a race issue. I made that mistake in the beginning. I have him the benefit of the doubt, because I wanted to see our first non-white President succeed (I myself am of mixed racial background). I don’t care what race the President is, a terrible leader is a terrible leader. His total disregard for the Constitution, irresponsible and excessive spending, and the utter failure that is Obama-care are just a few reasons why I feel he needs to step down.

    But I don’t think he has any intention of stepping down, in fact, I’m certain he’ll do everything in his power to keep from being impeached, and fight kicking and screaming the entire way. Why? Because he’s an arrogant, pompous, self righteous, ignorant, immature jackass.

  6. Libertarian
    December 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I’m tired of the talk, too – we need to get rid of the Fuhrer before we replay Germany circa 1938 — and I’m white so idiots can scream racism all they want. You put Dr. Ben Carson (black) or Allen West (black) in office and I’ll support a black president. I am truly sorry that our first black leader is a sociopath. That’s not his color………..the two I listed are also black – completely, not half — but they have ethics and integrity. See the difference and get your heads straight about all this “waaaaah just because he’s black” nonsense out of your mouths. You are being turned into idiots for a sociopath. Just what you hero, Martin Luther King Jr, wanted to see for ya, right?

  7. Tammy
    December 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Its about time!!!!

  8. Pam
    December 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I am tired of all the talk. We need ACTION. Get it done. Impeach Obama. If he is found guilty the Senate CAN NOT stop the action otherwise there will be an uproar.

  9. Against Obama
    December 14, 2013 at 6:33 am

    @myself

    You must be an illegal Mexican immigrant because the only thing Obama has done is for illegal Mexican immigrants. Obama care was so yet could have health insurance. He has done nothing to help America only destroy it more than it was before. Impeachment of Obama would be one of the best things that could happen.

  10. jacob
    December 14, 2013 at 3:29 am

    *woman*
    I mean.
    no polygamy here lol.

  11. jacob
    December 14, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I am married to a black women, therefore, by logic I cannot want this president impeached due to his skin color. Martin Luther King JR. wanted people to judge not by the color of skin but by ones character, PRESIDENT is breaking constitutional laws and these issues should be addressed. This is an example of checks and balances at work as the founding fathers intended for preventing our country from becoming a dictatorship/communistic society in which one branch of government becomes too powerful.

  12. Myself!
    December 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Leave the president alone you all only want him out of office because he’s black and he’s for everyone.. So run and sit with the rest and put those hoods back on!

  13. December 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    LMAO. So What. GOP doesn’t have the Intestinal Fortitude to actually do it.

  14. Gordon Stantom
    December 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Meesz blasted!)&&$666 da preziderts wifre ins da facdrr witgh my cocZKKK AND SHIYJHJ Itftc wassdd goodfdf

  15. jack weeks
    December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Bypassed congress several time’s, Syria for example, Infringing on the rights of individuals, Insurance,medicare,social security benefits,Medicade benefits,unemployment,

  16. justin
    December 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Celebration yeah come on!

  17. Knightflyerii
    December 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    How can an unqualified usurper be impeached? He can’t. He must be physically forced to resign or simply removed which none of the compicit republicans, and certainly not the communist democrats, will ever do. That’s all folks!

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