“Acting” is the key word in the title of this post. The GOP, the Establishment GOP that controls the House and Senate Leadership, are going to vote today on whether to move a bill called the Separation of Powers Restoration Act to the floor for a vote.
The bill is in response to President Obama’s unilateral actions to use regulations to accomplish what he can’t get through a Republican Congress. You’ll remember this shot across the bow of the Republican Leadership.
The Republicans’ answer?
They steadfastly refused to defund anything that Obama ordered via executive orders and, as a matter of fact, when Paul Ryan became Speaker of the House he made sure that the budget that was passed to fund the remainder of Obama’s tenure included funding for everything Obama had ordered.
So take this bill for what it’s worth.
I’m sure the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, is a good guy and is pushing this bill for good reasons. If passed, and signed into law, the bill would give the courts the authority to interpret all questions of law – both statutes and regulations. Right now agencies like the EPA are free to interpret regulations that they write any way they’d like. They’re autonomous.
Eleven Republicans in the Senate have introduced identical legislation.
The problem is, the bill has to pass the Senate and given that Congress is about to adjourn for the summer so they can campaign to keep their jobs, the bill will likely die somewhere on the Hill before it gets to the floor of the Senate. And then there’s the little problem of Obama signing it into law.
This may be an honest effort on the part of some conservatives in the House and Senate, but it’s a political ploy – and a cheap one – by the GOP Leadership. They can say they’re “fighting Obama” out of one side of their mouths while they give him everything he wants while you’re mesmerized by their floating rhetoric.
If there was a conservative bone in the body of the Republican Leadership they’d have stopped funding Planned Parenthood. They didn’t.