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Bill Johnson on United States v. Texas Decision

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Washington, June 23, 2016 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
The President – whether that is President Obama or any future President – is not permitted to write laws. That is the job of the People's representatives in Congress. And, when Congress chooses to deny the President exactly what he wants, the Constitution prohibits the President from legislating on his or her own.
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Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, which upholds the lower court’s decision that the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful:

The President – whether that is President Obama or any future President – is not permitted to write laws. That is the job of the People's representatives in Congress. And, when Congress chooses to deny the President exactly what he wants, the Constitution prohibits the President from legislating on his or her own.

Our government is founded on the principle of checks and balances, and today’s ruling by the Supreme Court checks President Obama’s unilateral actions on illegal immigration. Americans deserve to be defended from abuses of power, and that’s what happened today at the Supreme Court.

This 4-4 decision by the court is yet another reminder of the stakes in the upcoming election.

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