Yesterday, the House voted to authorize Speaker Ryan to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House in the upcoming U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court case. This is an extraordinary step necessary to defend Congress's Article I powers under the Constitution. As Speaker Ryan said on the House floor prior to this vote, “This is not a question of whether or not we are for or against any certain policy. . . . It is about the integrity of our Constitution.”

Check out some of the latest clips highlighting this critical vote:

“Ryan argued that the unprecedented move to weigh in on the case — U.S. v. Texas et al — on behalf of the entire House of Representatives was more about preserving the position of the legislative branch of government than advocating his party's position on immigration.” (CNN)

“Republicans were largely in agreement on Thursday that the House should defend the right of Congress to make laws, and that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in 2014 when he ordered authorities to defer the deportation of thousands of people now living here illegally.” (Washington Examiner)

“Republicans who hold a commanding majority cast the issue as Obama exceeding his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. They prevailed on a 234-186 vote that authorizes Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas.”(Fox News)

“The House passed a resolution Thursday that sets the stage for the chamber to file a brief in a Supreme Court case where Republicans argue President Barack Obama overstepped his authority with an executive order on immigration.” (POLITICO)

“The unprecedented move will insert the House into one of the most hotly contested Supreme Court cases in the middle of the presidential campaign. . . . Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was critical for the House to submit an opinion as an entire body in order to bolster the argument that only Congress should have the authority to overhaul existing laws.” (The Hill)

“Most Republicans have been vocal critics of the White House’s plan to defer deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. Lower courts have blocked his plan from going forward, and the Supreme Court in April is expected to hear oral arguments on the issue in a legal challenge brought by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states.” (Wall Street Journal)