…Gowdy brought the hammer down on Obama over executive overreach and the separation of powers, as defined by the Constitution:
“This, Madam Speaker, despite the fact that the very same president, over twenty different times, said he lacked the power to do what he just did.
And he repeatedly said he is not a king. Now, Madam Speaker, his position may have changed, after the election I hasten to add, but the Constitution has not.”
Later, Gowdy drew applause for imploring the Congress to stand up for the American people:
This is not a fight between Republicans and Democrats. This is not even a fight over immigration reform. This is a fight over whether this branch of government will ever find the courage to stand up for itself.
This same document that this and all presidents swears to defend gives this body certain tools – tools like the power of the purse. And it’s about damn time we use that tool.