WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R.464, the Constitutional Check and Balance Act. This legislation authorizes members of Congress to file a lawsuit against the President if he refuses to ignore or enforce current law.
“The Constitution requires that the Executive Branch enforce laws passed by the Legislative Branch,” said Rep. Poe. “Unfortunately, this Administration treats the law as a mere suggestion, picking and choosing which ones to enforce and which ones to ignore often based on convenience for its political agenda. This legislation provides an avenue for Members of Congress to hold the Administration accountable by filing an action in federal court when it fails to enforce laws passed by the Legislative Branch. This bill helps honor one of our founding principles – the system of checks and balances - and ensures that one branch of government does not become omnipotent. This is an important tool to help Congress reign in the Imperial President.”
Poe is a former Judge and a Member of the House Judiciary Committee.