Earlier today, Speaker Ryan announced that the House will take an unprecedented step to stop President Obama’s executive overreach. That’s right: In the coming weeks, the House will vote on filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court that tests the legitimacy of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The vote to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House in U.S. v. Texas—challenging the constitutionality of the president’s actions—is a first-of-its-kind move. As the speaker explained this morning at a press briefing with other Republican leaders, “The president is not permitted to write law—only Congress is.” Below are his full remarks on the impending vote:
“In the coming weeks, we will be taking our next step to stop the president's executive overreach. The House will vote on whether to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court opposing the president's executive amnesty. This is a very extraordinary step. In fact, it has never been done before.
“But this executive amnesty is a direct attack on the Congress's Article One powers under our Constitution. This is a question between Article One and Article Two.
“The president is not permitted to write law—only Congress is. The House will make that very, very clear, and we will do so as an institution on behalf of the American people on behalf of representative self-government.”
Stay tuned—the House is planning to vote on this resolution in the coming weeks.