The House Judiciary Committee this week authorized a new six-month task force to investigate presidential power and Executive Branch overreach. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) warned, “Presidents of both parties have aggrandized their power and usurped Congress to legislate from the Oval Office. This is not a partisan issue; it’s an American issue and touches the very core of our system of government.”
This new panel will explore how the expansion of the Executive Branch’s power has affected the lawmaking and oversight roles of Congress, as well as tools the Legislative Branch has or may need to re-assert its constitutional role. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) will chair the task force and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) will be its top Democrat.
Committee Chairman Goodlatte concluded, “The separation of powers and its checks and balances are designed to protect individual liberty and we must ensure that it is preserved for future generations.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: February 5, 2016