While appearing on Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he would introduce legislation to nullify the 23 executive orders on gun control that President Obama signed earlier in the day.
According to the Kentucky Republican, Obama's orders are a breach of the constitutionally mandated separation of powers.
“Our founding fathers were very concerned about us having separation of powers,” he said. “They didn’t want to let the president become a king. In this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation.”
Paul also expressed concern over what he called Obama's arrogance.
“I’m very concerned about this president. FDR had a little bit of this king complex also. We had to limit FDR finally because he served so many terms that I think he would have ruled in perpetuity. I’m very concerned about this president garnering so much power and arrogance that he thinks he can do whatever he wants,” he said.
Paul said that "several" of Obama's orders smacks of legislation.
"That cannot happen," he said.
The proposal, called the "Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act of 2013," would not only nullify the executive orders, it would prohibit funding for their implementation.
He told Hannity that Democrats who control the Senate would probably not back his proposal.
"This idea of checks and balances and separation of powers should be a fundamental one,” he told Hannity. “I’m afraid that there isn’t much support on the Democratic side, but we’ll see.”
The proposal is set to be introduced in the Senate next week.
Video of some of his remarks can be seen here.
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