House backs bill to sue president over ignoring laws
Written by / Special Guests Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
March 13, 2014 / America's Newsroom
A bill is now making its way through Congress addressing the growing controversy in Washington over executive authority.
The GOP-led House has backed legislation that would require the president to enforce laws passed by Congress. The White House says Obama would veto it if it hits his desk.
Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul explained the importance of giving Congress the legal authority to sue the president.
"He seems to be writing his own laws whenever he feels like it. The problem is, we can't sue him, because we don't have standing in court. So, the legislation that I've introduced in the Senate would actually give us standing so we could sue and say, 'Hey, this is unconstitutional.'"
"We write laws and he's just deciding willy-nilly if he likes it he enforces it, if he doesn't he won't enforce it. And we really think he needs to be chastened, rebuked and told he needs to obey the Constitution."
Co-host Bill Hemmer noted that the White House would make the case for executive privilege and amending laws as they progress to make sure they work.
"I don't think that's a proper understanding of the Constitution," Paul responded. "That's not what our Founding Fathers intended by this. The executive is supposed to dutifully enforce the laws."
"Think if this can eventually make it into court, we'll win. But part of the question is, how do we get this into court?"
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