Finally, a Strategy to Checkmate Obama’s Executive Actions
Many of President Obama’s executive actions—whether the most recent ones calling for more gun control or past ones extending amnesty to millions here illegally—are already or will one day be challenged in the courts.
This is why it’s encouraging to see reports this week that lawmakers may finally make a real effort to checkmate the president’s proclivity to go around them and create laws on his own. It’s a strategy grassroots activists should demand.
Though Congress has given up much of its power when it comes to using its “power of the purse” to stop executive overreach, there is one power it still holds and there is absolutely no reason not to use it. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, popularly known as “Advise and Consent,” requires the Senate to approve all presidential appointments of cabinet officials, ambassadors, or federal judges.
The day of the Senate “consenting” and following a go-along get-along strategy on such matters should be over. I don’t care which Republican senator is being pressured to get one of their buddies or constituents seated on a court or appointed to a high-ranking government position.