Summary

3/12/2014--Passed House amended. Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act of 2014 or the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 - Authorizes... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on Mar 12, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.

Bill Text

A BILL

To protect the separation of powers in the Constitution of the United States by ensuring that the President takes care that the laws be faithfully executed, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act of 2014'' or the ``ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION TO BRING CIVIL ACTION FOR VIOLATION OF THE TAKE CARE CLAUSE.

(a) In General.--Upon the adoption of a resolution of a House of Congress declaring that the President, the head of any department or agency of the United States, or any other officer or employee of the United States has established or implemented a formal or informal policy, practice, or procedure to refrain from enforcing, applying, following, or administering any provision of a Federal statute, rule, regulation, program, policy, or other law in violation of the requirement that the President take care that the laws be faithfully executed under article II, section 3, clause 5, of the Constitution of the United States, that House is authorized to bring a civil action in accordance with subsection (c), and to seek relief pursuant to sections 2201 and 2202 of title 28, United States Code. A civil action brought pursuant to this subsection may be brought by a single House or both Houses of Congress jointly,...

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791 Supporting
74 Opposing
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State: CA

35 Supporting
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80% 20%

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March 12, 2014 - The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 4138 because it violates the separation of powers by purporting to permit the Congress to challenge in court the exercise by the President of one of his core constitutional functions – taking care that Federal laws are faithfully executed. Congress ordinarily has the power to define the bounds of the Executive Branch's enforcement authority under particular statutes, and persons who claim to be harmed by the Executive Branch's actions may challenge them as inconsistent with the governing statute. But the power the bill purports to assign to Congress to sue the President over whether he has properly discharged his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed exceeds constitutional limitations. Congress may not assign such power to itself, nor may it assign to the courts the task of resolving such generalized political disputes. If the President were presented with H.R. 4138, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

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The Administration 11 months ago

Users Supporting

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...How can I, as a grandparent, and my daughter, as a parent, train up the children to be honorable, law abiding citizens if our very "leaders" are not setting the right example? And do not ignore the honorable part of the above sentence. That word should be the standard in Washington but alas, it seems to be unknown there.

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TN
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Anonymous1024701
TN-4
5 months ago

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because.. Hi, our names are Daniel and Linda Tijerina, and we are residents of New Mexico. I support H.R. 4138: The ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014. Can I count on the senator’s support? Thank You.

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BurnPitVoices
NM-3
5 months ago

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...the executive branch, not unlike the judicial branch, have the constitutional requirement to uphold the laws of the land - not pick and choose which laws to support depending on the current political agenda of the day.

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paytoomuch
OK-5
9 months ago

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because the current administration does not know the meaning of faithful, nor would I want a representative of either party to be enabled to ignore the constitution and act unilaterally. I believe that all three branches of Government should have their powers curtailed to only that allowed by the Constitution.

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TX
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tejaslabs
TX-22
10 months ago

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because President Obama continues to unilaterally change the laws passed by Congress. It's unconstitutional and he has to be stopped. We need the courts to step in.

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DennisMelstrom
GA-6
10 months ago

I support H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...Its a sad time when we have to create laws that makes the POTUS and his adminstration do THEIR job we are paying good money for them to do. If they performed like this in the real world they'd been fired long ago for either incompetence or just outright refusing to do their job. They act like its a union job where even the sorriest laziest worker nearly can't be fired.

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AlaBamaBoy
AL-1
10 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...This amendment was need when the Bush's were president. Not now President Obama has done a good job.

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MI
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screennamesrestupid
MI-9
10 months ago

I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...my daughter-in-law is a Dreamer. She and my son have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. If Claudia is deported, it will break up my family, and I may never see my daughter-in-law, whom I love very much, again. Moreover, my son and grand-daughter will be heartbroken, and their lives will be devastated. Respectfully, Maggie Brooks

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maggiebrooks01
OR-3
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because...States, States are the reason. Who authorized direct elections of Senators? Who gives Reid the authority he presumes to have? When will Congress do the job they are supposed to do? Transparency is a lie in this Country unless you are blinded to the fact.

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NotPerfect
MI-4
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because... Congress already has this power and it starts in the House of Representatives with articles of impeachment. The current House of Representatives does not have the fortitude to commence articles of impeachment against the current President because they fear it would be defeated in the Senate. What IS needed is a Senate Majority Leader that will act on ALL bills in a timely manner instead of just declaring that a bill is a waste of time, and refusing to act on it and a House of Representatives with the fortitude to do what is right and commence articles of impeachment on the current President. There are ample reasons to do this, but no one has the fortitude to press on.

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TN
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Gary_at_Poverty_Knob
TN-8
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because the powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people. I would think you would abide by your oath and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

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real4reel
NY-16
11 months ago

.I oppose H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 because... The Constitution is clear, you don't need any more excuses, why you don't impeach him. Americans know the facts, and you know, about Obama. But you refuse to follow the Constitution. Now you want to pass a bill, so you can pass the responsibility to the Supreme Court where Obama has carefully planted his people, who will stop any impeachment. Constitution gives you the right, so stop trying to pass the buck! Just follow the Constitution. We don’t care about what you think will happen, we don’t want anymore excuses. (Article II Section 4 : The president, vic president and all officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.) Obama’s alleged birth mother was too young to give him citizenship in Hawaii, where he claims he was born at the time he claims he was born. Obama’s alleged wife. The first Manster, claims Obama’s home land is Kenya. Either way you slice him, he still comes up a lying impostor. You know Obama has 5 or 6 known muslim terrorists in the white house advising him. Stop making excuses! Impeach, before his term ends, or get voted out. Put him in Guantanamo bay, along with Hillary Clinton for the killing of the 4 Americans in Bengasi.

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tiger_wild
AZ-4
11 months ago

Bill Summary


3/12/2014--Passed House amended. Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act of 2014 or the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 - Authorizes either chamber of Congress, upon adoption of a resolution declaring that the President or any officer or employee of the United States has established or implemented a policy, practice, or procedure to refrain from enforcing, applying, following, or administering any federal statute, rule, regulation, program, policy, or other law in violation of the constitutional requirement that the President faithfully execute the laws of the United States, to bring a civil action for a declaratory judgment to that effect. Grants jurisdiction to a three-judge panel of a U.S. district court to hear such civil action and provides for an expedited direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to submit quarterly reports to the congressional judiciary committees on the costs of any civil action brought under this Act, incuding any attorney fees paid in connection with any such action.

H.R. 4137The Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act H.R. 4139 American Job Creation and Strategic Alliances LNG Act