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7/18/2014 (2 years ago)

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House speaker assures that there are no plans to defund unconstitutional acts

The House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from actions by President Obama. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that if the president takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, "the more direct approach of suing the president is the right path to go down here," Boehner said.

'There's a lot of ways to deal with this issue,' john Boehner said. 'But we've got a Republican House and we've got a Democratic Senate. And there are a lot of things we've passed here that the Senate clearly has not passed.

"There's a lot of ways to deal with this issue," john Boehner said. "But we've got a Republican House and we've got a Democratic Senate. And there are a lot of things we've passed here that the Senate clearly has not passed.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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7/18/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: John Boehner, President Obama, defunding, Constitution

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "You've said you disagree with calls to impeach the president over abuse of power via executive actions," Boehner said at his weekly press briefing. "But under the Constitution the House actually has the power of the purse. So, if the President takes actions that exceed his Constitutional authority, will you withhold funding for those actions in the next must-pass appropriations bill?

"There's a lot of ways to deal with this issue," Boehner said. "But we've got a Republican House and we've got a Democratic Senate. And there are a lot of things we've passed here that the Senate clearly has not passed.

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"Now, when it comes to that issue, some of these actions that you could defund, there clearly isn't, I wouldn't guess, an appetite in the United States Senate to withhold those funds," Boehner continued. "That's why we've decided that the more direct approach of suing the president is the right path to go down here.

"Listen, I'm for upholding the Constitution," said Boehner, "and I'm for protecting the interest of the House vis-ŕ-vis the power grab that's going on by the White House. And while he has the authority to issue executive orders, he does not have the authority to unilaterally change laws in our country, which he has done."

This alluded to the passage that read, "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time," Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution reads.

Federal spending laws regularly include language prohibiting the Executive Branch from using funds for certain purposes.

Appropriations bills must be passed by both the House and Senate and be signed by the president, or overcome his veto-before they become law. This means that the House has the constitutional authority to pass a bill that withholds funding for executive actions, including those they believe exceed the president's constitutional authority.


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