Supreme Court Rules that President Obama violated the U.S. Constitution
by Lamar Smith on June 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM
I issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama violated the U.S. Constitution by appointing individuals to the National Labor Relations Board without the Senate’s approval.
Today the Supreme Court rightly reined in President Obama's abuse of executive authority. The Court affirmed that the President's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unprecedented and unconstitutional.
The founders established a system of government with checks and balances, so that no branch of government could unilaterally impose its will on the American people. The Constitution grants the Senate the power to provide advice and consent on certain executive branch nominees. In its attempt to circumvent Senate approval process, the Obama administration disregarded the Constitution.
But all government officials are bound by the limits of the Constitution and the rule of law, including the President of the United States. And today the Court provided a much needed check against the President’s abuse of power.