Rep. Kelly Discusses Obama Administration's Executive Power Grab, Cuts to Military

- U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend on Fox News Channel on Sunday, March 16, 2014, to discuss legislation passed by the House of Representatives aimed at reining in President Obama’s executive action overreaches. Also discussed with interviewer Tucker Carlson was the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to the Department of Defense.

Highlights from Rep. Kelly’s remarks on President Obama’s executive overreach:

“The American people should be outraged right now. One of the most chilling things for me during the State of the Union was that half of the House actually stood up and cheered the president’s statement that, ‘…I will take that power from you. I don’t need you to do what I want to get done.’ That’s chilling, to have people stand up and cheer for that.”

“For years, there’s always been an argument between the House – the representatives – and the president: ‘Is the president abusing his powers?’ ‘Is he pushing too hard?’ Both parties have felt that way depending on who is the president. But this one — we’re looking at such an egregious overstep, and almost a boasting that, ‘…I’m going to do this whether you [Congress] like it or not.’ So last week, Mr. Gowdy [R-OK] and Mr. DeSantis [R-FL] put through pieces that really are starting to alert the American people. The outrage should be there, and it’s a righteous outrage. I don’t think there’s anything that’s political about it.”

“We hear all the time: ‘Listen, you guys are just passing stuff you know will never get through the Senate.’ My goodness. If we stopped trying to push things through because they’re not going to go through the Senate, we might as well just shut down because there’s nothing getting through the Senate right now with Mr. Reid [D-NV] so worried about this next election.”

“This is the ‘People’s House.’ We are supposed to be the spokespeople for the people of the United States. If we don’t stand up, if we don’t dig our heels in, who’s going to do it, Tucker? There is no firewall other than the House of Representatives, and we have to do that.”

On President Obama’s proposed cuts to the military:

“We’re expanding [domestic] programs at a rate that is unsustainable, while at the same time, we’re reducing our military down to pre-World War II levels. We cannot weaken ourselves in a world that has grown more dangerous. My goodness… if you don’t read history, you’re doomed to repeat it.”

“We have never been at greater risk than we are right now. … Mr. President: please put away your shopping list and start looking at the real world right now. We are in grave, grave danger. … If we are not the strongest country in the world, our friends and our allies will no longer be able to rely on us.”

Geopolitically, the consequences right now have never been greater … than in the late ‘30s when we saw the whole world tilt because of another part of the world that wanted to appease rather than call a bully and say, ‘It stops here.’”

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