Labrador Named to House Task Force Examining Presidential OverreachFriday February 05, 2016
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LABRADOR NAMED TO HOUSE TASK FORCE EXAMINING PRESIDENTIAL OVERREACH
Bipartisan Judiciary Committee panel looks to make recommendations to restore constitutional separation of powers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, has been named to the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach. The task force was established by the committee on a voice vote Wednesday.
The task force will study increased presidential and executive branch power and the impact it has on congressional oversight, lack of transparency in government and the constitutional requirement that the President faithfully execute the law.
“President Obama has boasted about bypassing Congress on issues from immigration to our Second Amendment rights,” Labrador said after the vote. “Unfortunately, Congress hasn’t fulfilled its duty to check his power. But President Obama is just the last in a long line of presidents from both parties who have upset the separation of powers. My hope is this bipartisan task force will mark the beginning of the end of the abdication of congressional authority under the Constitution.”
During the committee meeting, Labrador cited Article I of the Constitution: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” For the task force to succeed, Labrador said, members of both parties must aggressively fulfill their constitutional duties.
“I want to know, and I hope we get to this in the task force, why Republicans and Democrats have failed to stand up to presidents, to the executive branch, over the last 16 years,” Labrador said. “Not just the last eight years, but the last 16 years. And maybe we can, together as Democrats and Republicans, get back that Article I responsibility and power that the Constitution originally granted us.”
The task force has 12 Republicans and nine Democrats. They will conduct hearings and investigations and may issue reports suggesting solutions to prevent executive overreach. The task force has six months to complete its work.
In the 113th Congress, Labrador was a member of the Judiciary Committee’s Overcriminalization Task Force. That group’s efforts were key to helping build momentum for criminal justice reform in the 114th Congress.