This week I decided to set the record straight – the record of repeated abuses of executive authority by the Obama Administration. In a speech on the Senate Floor I outlined a pattern of executive overreach on a number of topics, from the Department of Justice’s recent push for mass clemency, to the Department of Homeland Security’s refusal to enforce immigration laws, to the administration's repeated violation of statutory provisions contained in the President’s health care law.
Unfortunately executive abuses have become all too common under this Administration, especially since President Obama announced his new ‘pen and phone’ strategy of unilateral action specifically designed to bypass Congress and evade constitutional restraints. It is essential to the continued well-being of our nation, to the legitimacy of our government, and to the liberties of our citizens, that the exercise of executive power is kept within lawful bounds. Doing so requires continual vigilance – by the court, by Congress, and by the American people – to uphold the standards of the Constitution.
To read the entire speech, please visit here.
And as always please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or suggestions you may have to address the issues facing our state and nation.
P. S. Below you will find two additional press statements from this week I thought you might be interested in reading.
Hatch, Colleagues Introduce Strategic U.S. Response to Deter Russian Aggression in Europe
Hatch, Coons Introduce Bill to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs