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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

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Gowdy Votes to Stop Executive Overreach

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Washington, January 14, 2015 | comments

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today voted for H.R. 240, legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop President Obama’s overreaching executive action on immigration.

“Extra-constitutional acts, regardless of motive, warrant the full breadth of constitutional response.  Otherwise, there is a precedent for the executive branch to ignore the process and acquire by fiat what the legislative branch rejects,” Gowdy said.  "The fact that previous administrations may have also acted in an extra-constitutional way does not mitigate the act. Rather, the legislative branch should collectively reassert the equilibrium upon which this country was founded and defended. 

“As Senator, Obama railed against executive overreach.  As President, he asserted more than 20 times that he lacked the legal standing to do what he did. His position may have changed, but the text of the constitution has not. In this country, the end does not justify the means. Process matters. As a prosecutor, I saw confessions thrown out of court on technical violations. When a President fails to follow the constitutional process, the remedy should be just as certain.”


Video: Rep. Gowdy spoke in support of H.R. 240 on the House floor today.



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