Employer Mandate Under the Affordable Care Actby Representative Ted S. Yoho
Posted on 2014-01-09
YOHO. I thank my good friend from South Carolina (Mr. Rice), for
bringing this resolution forward and for his leadership. This is a very
important issue not only today, but as Mr. Woodall pointed out here,
also for the future of our Nation--a constitutional Republic, as you so
eloquently put it.
Article II, section 3 of the Constitution specifically requires that the President: Take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
This does not allow the President to enforce the laws he likes and ignore the laws he doesn't. This clause compels the President to ensure that all agencies within his executive branch are carrying out the laws created by Congress, the people's arm of government.
The current administration undermines this body on a near daily basis; and if it is allowed to continue to do so, as you pointed out, the balance of power will no longer exist. In fact, it is rapidly slipping away to one side of the balance scales. It is our duty as representatives of the American people to speak out about this. And if not us, who? And if not now, when? The delay of the employer mandate, the extension of the substandard insurance policies, and the grant of the deferred removal action to certain illegal immigrants are just but a few examples of the executive attempting to legislate without Congress.
Luckily, the Framers instituted a system of checks and balances. This Congress has no choice but to turn to the courts. I offer my strong support for Congressman Rice's STOP resolution, H.R. 442, which will enable the House to bring a civil action against the executive branch and allow future legislators to hold the executive branch accountable.
I think this is the crux of this and this is the important part of this. Because it is for all future Presidents. Again, we have to stand up and start defending our Constitution.
This administration, like others before it, has no problem creating mandates for the American people, but cannot seem to follow the most important mandate of our Nation: the Constitution.
If you look at this, this simple little book, it is not an epic in volume. You can see it. It is very thin. But yet it is an epic in ideology of what free men and free women can do, and they are held accountable with their government by this little red book.
The importance of this issue cannot be overstated. We must address this now so that all future Presidents will know that they must abide by the Constitution. No President, past or present, Democrat or Republican, should ever be exempt from the duties laid out by our Founding Fathers.
That is why I support Congressman Rice's STOP resolution, H.R. 442, and I [[Page H117]] urge all my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, to support this resolution for America and for our Constitution.