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Bridget Johnson

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February 18, 2014 - 8:32 am

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Monday that he’s thinking of a few thing Congress can do to counter President Obama’s executive overreach, including cutting off money for his vacations.

“Number one, my colleagues in the Senate have advise and consent, if they want to shut down the Senate over appropriations bills or ambassadorships or other things. The Constitution gives them the power of advise and consent. The Constitution gives us power over the purse,” Gowdy said on Fox. “So we have appropriation bills that are going to be coming to the House this spring. We ought to strip money away from this executive branch, because our framers gave us that exclusive right to do so. If one branch overreaches then maybe the other branch ought to stick up for itself.”

“Thirdly, we can go to the judicial branch. We do have standing when it comes to vote nullification, which is what Obamacare is. You can go to the judicial branch and ask them to stop. But most importantly, we can go to your viewers. Your voters — almost 500 representatives are up every two years. Our framers did that on purpose… You can fix executive overreach or legislative under reach by throwing them out.”

Gowdy said Obama continues to overreach because “because so far he has gotten away with it.”

“Last October, we weren’t persuasive enough. People don’t like the Affordable Care Act but they don’t like our tactic of shutting down the government,” he said. “OK. Fine. We got that. We still have appropriation bills that are coming. So what we ought to do is say, Mr. President, you want to run roughshod over the Constitution, we have the power of the purse. We’re not going to fund your pet projects. We’re not going to fund your green energy initiatives. We are not going it fund your vacations.”

When asked if they’d really cut off Obama’s vacation dough, Gowdy said, “Blank right, we are going to do it.”

“Yes, we’re going to do it. Yes. Because my mom made may be watching. You are blank right we are going to do it,” he added. “There are a host of my colleagues that are not just going to sit around and mope and cry because this president overreaches. We’re going to respond and we are going to respond in the appropriations process.”

The former federal prosecutor said he believes Obama will lose on the HHS mandate and recess appointment lawsuits. “He doesn’t have a good track record in court. We do have standing to sue under a theory of jury nullification. It’s very tough for Congress to sue the executive branch because the judicial branch doesn’t want to get involved,” Gowdy said.

“…But I don’t want to run into another branch of government. I want to assert what the framers gave us, which is the power of the purse. If he doesn’t get his act together, and frankly even if he does, we need to stop some of his pet projects.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I have no problem with donors paying for his royal vacations. If they have money to waste, let them. I don't want the king's lifestyle financed with tax dollars.
28 weeks ago
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Unfortunately, while he and the little woman are on vacay, Valerie Jarrett is always busy working. . . She has his pen and his phone.
28 weeks ago
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Talk is cheap. Come back to me when something is actually done.
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Gowdy talks a lot and does nothing. He's all full of pi$$ and vinegar, but absolutely nothing comes of it. He also attends amnesty meetings with Paul Ryan and Chuck U Schumer.
27 weeks ago
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It would be nice to think that this is more than just another hollow threat. As with everything else, the House can pass it, but Reid would never even permit it to reach the Floor; if by some miracle the Senate could not avoid passage, Obama would veto it, no matter how much else vital to the nation was contained in the same bill. In the remote event it actually did become law, King Barry would simply ignore the parts he didn't like, anyway. He is, after all, above the law, and he can do what he wants.
27 weeks ago
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KING ABDULLAH ACTED AS OBAMA'S BEARD
Abdullah was in Washington DC for a whole week before meeting Obama in Palm Springs. They easily could've met at the White House. Yet, Abdullah acting as Obama's beard, made it look like Obama's golf vacation was State business.
27 weeks ago
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Am I the only one who thinks that the quotations in this report read like the ones you get on those TV monitors at airports, where the news is perpetually on, but the sound is always muted?

"But most importantly, we can go to your viewers."

"Because my mom made may be watching."

27 weeks ago
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I think that the more important halve of the phrase was the part where they were threatening to cut off funding for his other "pet projects". Those "pet projects" are a major source of pride for Obama, and I don't think that he will take kindly to them being cut. Additionally, while he might be able to get the outside funding necessary to carry on with his vacations, I doubt he could get the funding for his pet projects without funding. And if he decided to go ahead and take money from the taxpayers anyway, that would force a showdown, and just might alienate enough of his LIV supporters to make him back off for once. The hard part would be to get this through congress.
27 weeks ago
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bla bla bla

never happen.the Republicans have abandoned America
28 weeks ago
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in 2011 alone, obama spent $1.4 billion on vacations. it is about G.D. time that the House stopped this. I don't want to hear these threats. do it, then tell me about it. i'm tired of being screwed by the dems and lied to by the repubs.
28 weeks ago
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So where are the other House leadership on this and fighting mad. The middle class is mad at the abuse we are taking. Hey Rep. Bonehead, House leader, why are you not out in front leading they way to stop the executive branch abuse??!! Ride on Rep. Gowdy.
28 weeks ago
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Bah. That won't stop him from his vacations. Is the pilot for Air Force One going to tell Obama that he's out of gas?? Which major hotels are going to deny him credit?

Or, he'll just get his future ambassador appointees to pay for the trips.
28 weeks ago
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I have no problem with donors paying for his royal vacations. If they have money to waste, let them. I don't want the king's lifestyle financed with tax dollars.
28 weeks ago
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By all means, let him accept outright bribes from his donors. Add it to the heap of impeachable offenses he's already accumulated.
27 weeks ago
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we will be supporting this SOS for the rest of his miserable life

and the wookie also
28 weeks ago
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There are MUCH more important things not to fund. Congress needs to grow a pair.
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