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Obama Censure Resolution Introduced

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This is the first step!   But, they should have censured the King 7 years ago if they really wanted to stop the madness.

 

Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement after introducing a resolution to censure President Barack Obama:

"Today  I introduced a resolution to censure President Barack Obama.

"For seven years, the President has gradually expanded his powers through executive overreach. His actions this week to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is just the latest, if not most egregious, violation of the separation of powers found in the United States Constitution. Congress must go on record to stand up as an equal branch of government – both against this President and any future president who attempts to use his authority to write the law instead of enforce the law.

"The American people demand that we fight back against this President’s overreach, and this is the best way we can fight and win."

The House Resolution to Censure Barack Obama would specifically censure and condemn the actions of President Obama regarding his announced actions on gun control this week. It is the latest instance of Obama’s executive overreach that includes executive amnesty, his recent climate change treaty, and the Iranian nuclear agreement. Moreover, the president has also refused to enforce several laws, as required by the Constitution, including his own health care bill and refusing to address illegal alien deportations.

Presidential censure is rare, but has precedent.  In 1834, President Andrew Jackson was censured by the Senate for what they saw as executive overreach when he took extraordinary measures to dismantle the Bank of the United States despite the objections of the Senate Majority.  Additionally, more recent censure resolutions were introduced against President Nixon and President Bill Clinton. Censure sets both a legal and historical precedent that Congress disapproves of a president's actions.

http://palazzo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398772

 

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It will be interesting to see how many members of Congress support the Censure Resolution.

FYI

Censure

A formal, public reprimand for an infraction or violation.

From time to time deliberative bodies are forced to take action against members whose actions or behavior runs counter to the group's acceptable standards for individual behavior. In the U.S. Congress, that action can come in the form of censure. Censure is a formal and public condemnation of an individual's transgressions. It is stronger than a simple rebuke, but not as strong as expulsion. Members of Congress who have been censured are required to give up any committee chairs they hold, but they are not removed from their elected position. Not surprisingly, however, few censured politicians are re-elected.

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Presidential Censure

Congress rarely acts against the president with a formal reprimand. Andrew Jackson was the first president to be thus reprimanded, by the Senate in 1834, after he removed the secretary of the treasury (a responsibility that Congress believed rested with the legislature). Jackson was a Democrat, but the Senate was controlled by the rival Whig Party. Three years later, when the Democrats took control of the Senate, Jackson's censure was expunged from the records.

President John Tyler was reprimanded in 1842 by the House of Representatives, which accused him of abusing his powers. Apparently Tyler had promised representatives on several occasions that he would support certain bills, only to Veto them when they arrived at his desk. In 1848, President james k. polk was reprimanded by the House for starting the Mexican War without first obtaining Congressional approval. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of war, edwin stanton, were condemned by the Senate for allowing an elected member of the House to hold commissions in the Army. The Senate voted for the reprimand 24 to 12, but it was referred to a special committee and no further action was taken.

In 1998, during the Impeachment trial of President bill clinton, several members of Congress attempted to have him censured instead, believing that while his behavior warranted rebuke it did not merit a full impeachment. The move for censure failed, and Clinton was impeached.

More:

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Presidential+Censure

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26 minutes ago, CGK said:

It will be interesting to see how many members of Congress support the Censure Resolution.

Probably none.... They all need to grow a damn spine.

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1 hour ago, Ukshep said:

Probably none.... They all need to grow a damn spine.

Sad but likely true. At least here is one congressman with a pair. We need to learn the Left's tricks, Shame our representatives in Public, constantly until they either straighten up or are run out of office.

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