HR 2655 Will Stop
President From Abuse
Of Executive Orders - READ
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WASHINGTON, DC - This week, a subcommittee of the House of
Representatives will hold a hearing on legislation introduced by Rep.
Ron Paul (R, TX) that would restrict the power of presidents to
legislate by Executive Order.
The Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Commerce and
Administrative Law will hold the hearing on Thursday, October 28, 1999,
in room B-353 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The legislation is
HR 2655, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. Judiciary Committee
Chairman Henry Hyde (R, IL) issued the formal invitation for Rep. Paul
to testify on behalf of the legislation.
"The American public has grown increasingly weary of the use of
Executive Orders, as presidents have used them to bypass Congress and
legislate from the Oval Office," said Rep. Paul. "Presidents must be
able to direct their employees, but this power must be closely confined
by the laws which they are constitutionally and legislatively empowered
to execute."
Former Clinton Advisor Paul Begala was quoted in the New York Times on
July 5, 1998, as saying of Executive Orders, "Stroke of the pen. Law of
the Land. Kinda cool." But the US Constitution does not give presidents
this power, said Rep. Paul. "I'm pleased the Committee has decided to
hold hearings on this important issue which affects every American."
HR 2655 would limit the scope of the Executive Orders a president can
issue to only directing his staff and executive branch employees in
carrying out authorized activities.
It would also give legal standing to Members of Congress and average
citizens to bring court cases against an administration if an Executive
Order deprives them of their rights or harms them economically.
It also repeals the 1973 War Powers Resolution, returning exclusive
authority to Congress to declare national emergencies, while repealing
all "national emergencies" currently on the books -- most dating from
the late 1970s and early 1980s. The legislation currently has nine
cosponsors, including Don Young (R, AK), chairman of the Committee on
If you support this measure, take just a moment to email your House members
and demand they support HR 2655.
Below are the email addresses of 96 of 100 Senators. For email addresses of
House members, go to: