Wicker Challenges Obama Administration’s Executive Overreach

President’s Vow to Act Alone Infringes on Constitutional Separation of Powers

President Obama is making no apologies for his use of executive power to advance an ultra-liberal agenda. In recent weeks, he has repeatedly expressed his intent to bypass Congress – declaring administrative fiats in his State of the Union address and informing his Cabinet that he will not wait on legislation but will wield his pen to sign executive orders.

The President’s unilateral action poses a serious threat to the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. America’s founding document grants “all legislative powers” to Congress and directs the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Governing by executive order, as President Obama has vowed to do, not only defies the law but sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations. A number of cases challenging executive power are already winding their way through the courts, which many observers expect will rule against the President.

Sen. Roger Wicker
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2/10/14