When I was sworn in as a Member of Congress, I took an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Many of the threats to our Constitutional liberties today don't necessarily come from foreign enemies--they come from within our own nation. Threats to our freedoms stem from judicial activists that interpret the Constitution according to a progressive agenda, an Executive branch that makes laws and recklessly spends money, or even a legislature that forfeits its power of the purse to federal agencies.
I vow to stand with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to restore a Constitutional balance of power so that the government empowers you, the American people.
Major Constitutional Legislation
H.R. 4768 - Separation of Powers Restoration Act
The Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA) scales back the Chevron deference. I cosponsored this legislation that would free courts from the interpretations of federal agencies enforcing a statue. SOPRA restores the separation of powers by requiring de novo review of agency action for all relevant questions of law, including Constitutional and statutory interpretation. (Read my statement on H.R. 4768.)
H.R. 4956 - End Executive Overreach Act
This bill blocks the use of federal funds for any future executive orders through January 21, 20170--the end of President Obama's term. It also prohibits federal agencies from making new rules that would cost over $100 million or rules that would need to be reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. I am a proud cosponsor of this bill that returns the power of the purse to Congress, the branch of government closest to the will of the people. (Read my statement on H.R. 4956.)
H.R. 5063 - Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act
This bill puts an end to the Department of Justice's funding of activist groups. In the past, the Executive Branch has abused its power by directing settlement money from lawsuits to activist groups instead of the victims themselves. H.R. 5063 explicitly prohibits this practice and ensures that victims receive the full compensation they are entitled under the law. (Read my statement on H.R. 5063.)
H.R. 5226 - Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016
This important piece of legislation will make the federal government more open, transparent, and accountable to the American people. H.R. 5226 instructs all federal agencies to publicly release information about their regulatory actions in a format that is searchable online. With this law enacted, people will be able to read and examine every rule change by the Administration without closed doors or secret negotiations.
To read more about how Republicans in Congress plan to uphold the Constitution, read through the #BetterWay agenda online.