House Judiciary Committee To Hear Testimony On President Obama’s Authority To Suspend Or Change Federal Laws

260px-capitol_building_full_viewThis morning I will testify in Congress before the House Judiciary Committee on “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” The hearing will address areas where President Obama has ordered the delay or nonenforcement of federal laws. While I happen to agree with some of these policies, I have great reservations about this record and its implications for the separation of powers.

I hope to make it because I am fighting to get over the flu. My greatest concern is not to lose it before live on C-Span. Hopefully, that pained expression on my face will be interpreted as concern for the Constitution and the Republic. Also testifying with me will be Michael Cannon, Simon Lazarus, and Nick Rosenkranz.

Here is the testimony: TestimonyTurley.Faithful.House.Final

65 thoughts on “House Judiciary Committee To Hear Testimony On President Obama’s Authority To Suspend Or Change Federal Laws”

  1. an unexpected move late Monday just before the qualifying deadline, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) jumped into the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), setting up what will be one of the most-watched tea party v. GOP establishment clashes of the 2014 cycle.

    Stockman, one of the more outspoken conservative members of the House of Representatives — he once threatened impeachment of President Obama over using an executive order to try and reduce gun violence — announced his candidacy for Cornyn’s seat on Monday in an interview with

    “We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th commandment and undermined (Sen.) Ted Cruz’s fight to stop Obamacare,” Stockman told

  2. ** Winski 1, December 4, 2013 at 2:36 am **

    How much is Wallst lunatic Bank/Insurance scum paying Trolls now days anyway?

    How many are working out of Tampa, do you know?

    LOL, never ending Astroturf.


  3. J.T. your a law professor, and you voted for a community organizer and 2 year senator to run the country? Wow

  4. Blouise
    1, December 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    Wow … if this hearing had taken place in 2002, or 2003, or 2004, or 2005 then perhaps, perhaps we stood a chance.

    Ah, the days of, “(noun) (verb) 9/11″…
    … Boy how they have become, “(noun) (verb) terrorism.”

  5. So Professor Turley… Have you been on some REAL HEAVY medication? Have you recently taken a reality-modifying cocktail of high-powered hallucinogens ? Have you had a lapse in your perception of what planet you actually live on ??

    Your testimony today in the chamber of Klowns was a REMARKABLE display of the type of rabid-dog, republican environment Dick Cheeney’s whole life has been spent trying to create. I was absolutely speechless.

    Even the 2nd worst newspaper ON EARTH now reports that YOU support impeachment of the President and have an affinity toward viewing the President as having assumed a role as a ‘King’. Check the WaPo.. It’s in black and white….


  6. The Christian Science Monitor:

    “Obama ‘crossed the constitutional line,’ House panel is told”

    “Two constitutional law professors told the House Judiciary Committee that President Obama exceeded his authority with unilateral actions on immigration and Obamacare enforcement.”

    “The focus of the hearing was the constitutional requirement that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.

    “The president is required to faithfully execute the laws. He’s not required to enforce all laws equally or commit the same resources to them,” he said. “But I believe the president has crossed the constitutional line.””

    “Professor Turley…warned that the structure of the US government was morphing into something the Founding Fathers would not recognize. “I really have great trepidation over where we are heading because we are creating a new system here,” he said.

    The constitution does not permit the president to wield expansive powers at the expense of Congress, he said. Turley noted that the president’s expansive exertion of power was coming with the rapid growth of a fourth branch of government comprised of federal agencies that are writing their own regulations.

    “We have this rising fourth branch in a system that’s tripartite,” he said. “The center of gravity is shifting, and that makes it unstable. And within that system you have the rise of an uber-presidency.”

    Turley continued: “There could be no greater danger for individual liberty, and I really think that the framers would be horrified by that shift because everything they’ve dedicated themselves to was creating this orbital balance, and we’ve lost it.””

  7. Well Good Luck Truley. It is just a matter of time really, until the powers that be pay some maggot to tell you to “love it or leave it”.

    Than again, perhaps it’s just show biz on your end anyway. Rush Limbaugh gets paid for his opinion and so perhaps Jonthan Truley does too? So thank you Brian Lamb for that 24 hour soap opera know of as C-Span. What rhe *ucking hell would we Americans ever do without that daily way-over dramatized impromptu meaningless BS?

  8. Too long testimony, however it is an eye-opener to everyone. I’m afraid someday we just don’t know we are already manipulated. I voted him once, I’d never imagined he would be turn everything as this.

  9. Robert says: “The New Hampshire Constitution recognizes the citizen’s duty to act when the general government runs amok:

    [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.]…..”

    The Clamsehll Alliance was founded by anti-nuke activists objecting to the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station. There were many demonstrations and arrests. Activist Guy Chichester, a founder of the Clamshell Alliance, eventually sawed down a Seabrook Station emergency warning siren pole, resulting in charges of “criminal mischief”, a Class B felony. Although there was no doubt that he had cut down the pole, Chichester was acquitted. Chichester’s lawyer Patrick Fleming argued that according to article 10 of the N.H. state constitution, any citizen has a right to act to protect his or herself when the state fails to do so, which is known as the “Right of Revolution:”

  10. Every once in a while a dictator puts plans in action that many people agree with. The trains run on time! YEAH!!! Isn’t it great having a dictator?

    When a dictator does something you do not like, what is your complaint? What is your remedy? After all, there are going to be many people who like the very action you don’t like. If having a group of people liking the dictator’s action “legal” to these people, then what happens in a society as a whole? It falls a part.

    Here is an example that would go against the liking of many people who support Obama’s dictatorship.

    Many people are antiabortion. If the dictator makes abortion illegal, you cannot complain. The dictator performed actions you approved of, now he is performing actions you disapprove of. That is one of the main problems with having a dictator instead of the rule of law. Eventually something you don’t like will be done by the dictator and there will be no legal recourse to change or challenge those actions. That is because you haven given consent to the abolition of the rule of law.

    I have little idea why people give consent to this for a momentary gain which can be taken away by the dictator at any time. There is something very debased about citizens accepting a dictatorship for any reason, let alone a fleeting proposition. We really need to think through what we are doing as a society to our own nation and other nations.

  11. Cannon also addressed the Judiciary Committee today:

    12/03/2013 @ 9:00AM

    Congressional Testimony: The President’s Failure To Execute Faithfully The PPACA

    by Michael F. Cannon


    The concerns I share with you today are not borne of partisanship. Though I have worked for Republicans, I am not a Republican, for reasons that Democrats on this committee can readily appreciate. I am acutely aware of the last Republican president’s failures to execute the laws faithfully. In 2008, though I did not support him, I preferred the Democratic presidential candidate to the Republican candidate in part because he promised to curb such abuses by the executive. I have praised President Obama for doing more than even many libertarians to celebrate the gains in equality and freedom our nation has secured for women, for African-Americans, for gays, and for lesbians.

    This president’s failure – or any president’s failure – to honor his constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully is not a partisan issue. The fact that presidents from both parties violate this duty is cause not for solace. It is cause for even greater alarm, because it guarantees that presidents from both parties will replicate and even surpass the abuses of their predecessors as payback for past injustices. The result is that democracy and freedom will suffer no matter who occupies the Oval Office.

  12. The New Hampshire Constitution recognizes the citizen’s duty to act when the general government runs amok:

    [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

    June 2, 1784

  13. None of Juan Cole’s excellent points were addressed by the House Judiciary Committee today…… just more obamacare,Benghazi, etc.

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