Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger supports Separation of Powers

Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  DO NOT LET THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BE SILENCED

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined the U.S. House of Representatives in authorizing House Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of United States v. Texas, which addresses the constitutionality of President Obama’s November 2014 “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans” (DAPA) executive order. 

“One of our Founding Fathers’ greatest decisions was the deliberate separation of powers, which ensures a careful system of checks and balances.  According to the Constitution, Congress makes the laws, and the President is given executive powers to carry out the laws,” said Congressman Pittenger.

“President Obama seems to believe he is a monarch, with the authority to make his own laws.  By doing so, he ignores not just the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, but ignores the elected representatives of the American people.  The voice of the American people must not be silenced.”

In 2014, Congressman Pittenger wrote “The Man Who Would Be King,” a CNN.com op-ed critiquing President Obama’s unprecedented use of executive orders to bypass the people’s elected representatives in Congress.  Click here to read the op-ed.

H. Res. 639, authorizing Speaker Ryan to file the amicus brief, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-186.

 

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