GOP offered a way out

October 3, 2013 

We are a republic with a Constitution.

James Madison wrote in Federalist Papers 48: "An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one can transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others." The power of the purse was given to Congress.

Under the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, the president is required by law to submit a budget to Congress by the first Monday in February. President Obama has failed to follow the law and the Senate has failed to pass the House budget, which is why we have continuing resolutions.

With the Affordable Health Care Act, without constitutional authority, Obama has removed the employer mandate, the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, income verification for subsidy recipients and more than half the law's deadlines. Today, Obamacare is not the law that Congress passed in 2010.

The House, under the separations of powers, has every right to cut off the funding of this law for that reason alone. The president has no power to change legislation passed by Congress and signed by him.

The House majority provided a bill to fund the entire legitimate needs of government to prevent a shutdown. The House and Senate Democrats and Obama rejected it.

Russell C. Fette


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