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GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy: Obama's disregard for the law at 'an unprecedented level'

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While speaking with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Barack Obama's disregard for laws passed by Congress has reached "an unprecedented level," adding that Congress must to something to rein the administration in.

Gowdy discussed a House resolution that would allow Congress to sue the administration.

While individual lawmakers do not have standing to challenge the president, the provision would allow the institution of Congress itself to sue the Obama administration for ignoring laws passed by the legislative body, the Daily Caller said.

“The case law that says members don’t have standing also allows for the institution itself — under a theory of vote nullification, that if the executive is just nullifying the votes of a co-equal branch of government — that we may have standing,” he said. “So an individual member — the case you referenced was Dennis Kucinich challenging the actions in Libya — he does not have standing. But the institution of Congress as a whole, if it relates to recess appointments or the Affordable Care Act or immigration, courts have signaled that they may say the institution itself has standing, and that’s what [South Carolina Republican Rep. Tom Rice] is trying to do with his resolution.”

Gowdy then rattled off a laundry list of Obama's executive abuses, including what the Daily Caller described as "a blatant disregard of immigration enforcement laws" in addition to a number of unilateral Obamacare rule changes and delays.

Congress is running out of options to protect their Constitutional turf, he said.

“I don’t like running to the court,” he added. “I’d rather use any other remedy other than going to the court. But our other remedies have not worked, and the judicial branch is there for a reason. In certain circumstances Congress ought to be able to assert its standing, and I just think the pervasiveness of his ignoring of Congress has reached a point, we don’t have a choice.”

“If you can turn off certain categories of law,” he said, “do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law? And frankly, Jonathan Turley — who is no Republican I might add, and if you watched the hearing you know he’s not a Republican — he agrees with us. It has reached an unprecedented level. And we gotta do something about it.”

After Obama and the Democrats got shellacked in the 2010 midterm elections, the far-left Center for American Progress issued a report saying Obama should use his executive authority -- including his role as Commander-in-Chief of the military -- to advance his progressive agenda.

Earlier in December, Examiner's Darren Pope reported that John Podesta, head of the liberal think tank that advised Obama to use his executive authority, has agreed to serve as an adviser to the president in a role Pope called the "executive power" czar.

The move, Pope added, signals the administration's intent to rule by executive fiat. The solution, he added, is impeachment.

A number of liberals -- including Democratic lawmakers -- have suggested Obama disregard Congress and rule like a dictator on issues like the debt, the minimum wage and illegal immigration.

Obama has not been shy about his desire to bypass Congress and has done so many times.

Earlier this month, Michael Cannon, director of the Cato Institute's Health Policy Studies, told a House panel that Obama's behavior could spark an armed revolt against the government.



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