House Passes Measures to Hold Executive Branch Accountable

- U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, PA-5, today delivered remarks on H.R. 3973, the Faithful Execution of the Law Act, which passed Thursday by a vote of 244 to 171, and H.R. 4138, the ENFORCE the Law Act, which passed Wednesday by a vote of 233 to 181.

“From the refusal to enforce existing immigration laws to the numerous rewrites of the health care law, the Obama Administration has selectively enforced our laws and in many cases acted unilaterally to change or alter them – all without congressional approval. We must restore our constitutional system of checks and balances which was designed to not only limit abuses of power, but also promote collaboration and consensus building among co-equal branches. The House this week acted on two measures that will hold the executive branch accountable, restore balance to the separation of powers, and ensure that our laws are faithfully executed."

H.R. 3973, the Faithful Execution of the Law Act: The bill amends federal law to require the Attorney General to report to Congress any time a federal official establishes or implements a formal or informal policy to refrain from enforcing any provisions of federal law.

H.R. 4138, the ENFORCE the Law Act: The bill establishes a procedure for the House of Representatives or the Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failing to faithfully execute the laws.

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