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Bachmann backs bill that would limit Obama's power

  • Blog Post by: Corey Mitchell
  • January 30, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is backing a resolution that would scale back President Obama’s power.

Criticism that Obama is overstepping his bounds intensified after his State of the Union address, when he vowed to make decisions without congressional approval.

Obama’s plans have renewed interest in the Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Resolution, a Republican-backed bill with more than 70 co-sponsors.

“Sadly, the President is continuing to disregard the Constitution like never before,” Bachmann said in her State of the Union reaction.

“If a law is politically inconvenient, or he simply disagrees with it, the President believes he can legislative unilaterally without congressional input. This lawlessness is becoming President Obama’s legacy, and not only is it unconstitutional, it reduces faith in his office.”

The STOP resolution would direct the Republican-led U.S. Houes to file a civil lawsuit in federal court to challenge actions Obama has announced in recent years. Bachmann is the only Minnesota lawmaker that has signed on in support, but Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline has called Obama's use of executive action "disturbing."

The lawsuit would seek to void the Obama administration's decision to extend for a year insurance policies that would otherwise have been canceled under the Affordable Care Act. It would also challenge the one-year delay of the law’s s employer mandate requiring companies to offer insurance or pay a penalty.

The lawsuit would contend that each of those actions violated the section of the Constitution setting out that the president "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Obama announced Tuesday that will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts. The move drew praise from liberal lawmakers, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

“The President and I do agree – America faces grave challenges in 2014 and beyond. However, what he sees as an excuse for growing the national debt and further government involvement in Americans’ lives, I believe is merely a symptom of the larger problem of too much big government power and overreach," Bachmann said after the State of the Union.

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