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You may  appreciate reading this email from Senator Crapo on how this administration’s efforts to side-step the Constitution to further their liberal agenda and to ensure an accumulation of undue powers.  It is time that the STATES step up and try to correct this situation in ways our Constitution allows.   This means that people who live in a state (dah, that’s all of us) need to tell State Officials what we expect them to do and make enough noise so they cannot ignore us.

March 24, 2014

 Dear Terrance:
Thank you for contacting me to express your dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
A fundamental cornerstone of our Constitution is the inherent checks and balances between the branches of government.  Each acts as a check on the others to ensure no single individual or institution can accumulate undue powers.  Actions that seek to challenge this balance undermine the founding principles of our federal system.
The congressional oversight process serves to hold executive officials accountable for the implementation of delegated authority.  Given the evolving role and scope of the federal government in recent decades, the importance of Congress’ review function looms large in checking and monitoring the delegated authority granted to federal agencies.
The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 strengthens legislative oversight by enhancing committees’ ability to hold agencies accountable for the implementation of their performance goals and outcomes; to carefully evaluate the budget requests of various agencies, and to reduce or eliminate unnecessary duplication among federal agencies that implement policy areas.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996 enables Congress to review and disapprove agency rules and regulations.  Under the CRA, agencies must submit major rules to Congress and Government Accountability Office before they can take effect.  The law provides for expedited procedures for any joint resolution of disapproval.  The President can veto the joint resolution of disapproval; however, as with all legislation, Congress can override the President’s veto with a two-thirds vote from each chamber.  Congress also has the ability to constrain the executive branch by passing statutes that repeal rules, including appropriations measures that limit funding for the development, implementation, or enforcement of certain rules or types of rules.
The role of the executive branch, whose activities have wide impact, underscores the critical importance of holding administrative entities accountable for their actions and decisions.  Congress has a responsibility to continue strong oversight to ensure that our branches of government exercise their powers in a manner consistent with the Constitution.  Government transparency and accountability are important aspects of a healthy and vibrant democracy, and I support initiatives to reassert public and congressional oversight of government programs and initiatives that have an effect on the American people.
The delicate relationship that exists between the Legislative and the Executive Branches, as directed in the Constitution, is vital to the effectiveness of the federal government and must be protected.  The ultimate check on the conduct of elected officials is the public.  Our Founding Fathers envisioned a system of government in which the people would be given the power to regularly review and pass judgment on elected representatives through the ballot box.
I understand your concerns with many of the policies and conduct of the Obama Administration, particularly its handling of the Fast-and-Furious scandal and the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As a result of such actions, many Idahoans have contacted to me to express their support for the impeachment of the President.
As you may know, impeachment is the process by which charges can be brought by the legislative branch against certain officials serving in the executive and judicial branches of the federal government for misdeeds in office. Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States specifies that “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The U.S. House of Representatives has the responsibility for bringing the charges against the official, otherwise known as impeachment. Once the House has determined enough evidence exists for impeachment, the Senate has the role of trying the impeached official.
The mechanism for impeachment and conviction is a critical and powerful part of the process of checks and balances envisioned by the Founding Fathers and should not be taken lightly or used for purely political purposes. The seriousness of the impeachment process is reflected in the fact that only two presidents in the history of the United States have been impeached, President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Although government officials should be held accountable for any malfeasance, any effort for impeachment of President Obama would require a high threshold to be met. Should any such proceeding be proposed by the House of Representatives, it is my sincere hope that it is based on a thorough and legal investigation and not for partisan purposes. Please be assured that, in reviewing the issue, I will maintain my commitment to upholding the Constitution. The delicate relationship that exists between the Legislative and the Executive branches, as directed in the Constitution, is vital to the effectiveness of the federal government and must be protected.
As your U.S. Senator, it is essential for me to know of the concerns of all Idahoans. I encourage you to continue to share with me your thoughts about issues of concern to you.
Again, thank you for contacting me.
Sincerely,
US SenatorSenator Mike Crapo
Mike Crapo
United States Senator
MDC:SF

Note these points of interest:

  • The Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996 enables Congress to review and disapprove agency rules and regulations.
  • Actions that seek to challenge balance undermines the founding principles of our federal system.
  • Under the CRA, agencies must submit major rules to Congress and Government Accountability Office before they can take effect.
  • The law provides for expedited procedures for any joint resolution of disapproval.
  • The role of the executive branch, whose activities have wide impact, underscores the critical importance of holding administrative entities accountable for their actions and decisions.   This administration has been the worst ever for withholding information and being accountable for their actions.  For example, Holder’s Fast-and-Furious scandal  fiasco, Holder refusing to prosecute black on white crimes (Black Panther’s voter intimidation), NSA and IRS crimes…do I need to go on and continue listing the incidents?  policies and conduct of the Obama Administration, particularly its handling of the Fast-and-Furious scandal and the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in BenghaziLibya.
  • The ultimate check on the conduct of elected officials is the public.
  • …agencies accountable for the implementation of their performance goals and outcomes; to carefully evaluate the budget requests of various agencies, and to reduce or eliminate unnecessary duplication among federal agencies that implement policy areas.
  • …many Idahoans have contacted to me to express their support for the impeachment of the President.
  • …impeachment is the process by which charges can be brought by the legislative branch against certain officials serving in the executive and judicial branches of the federal government for misdeeds in office. Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States specifies that “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The U.S. House of Representatives has the responsibility for bringing the charges against the official, otherwise known as impeachment. Once the House has determined enough evidence exists for impeachment, the Senate has the role of trying the impeached official.  OF COURSE CONTROL OF THE SENATE PREVENTS ACTIONS OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ALL THOSE IN GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE CROSSED THIS LINE AND SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.  PLUS, WHERE DOES IMPEACHMENT END?  DOES IT GO SO FAR AS THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, HARRY REID AS SENATE LEADER, BOEHNER AS MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE, SENATORS WHO REFUSE TO STAND UP AGAINST ABUSERS AND DO THEIR JOBS?  JUST LOOK AT WHO THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT IN KEY POSITIONS IN HIS OFFICE (I.E.  MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD).
  • The mechanism for impeachment and conviction is a critical and powerful part of the process of checks and balances envisioned by the Founding Fathers and should not be taken lightly or used for purely political purposes. The seriousness of the impeachment process is reflected in the fact that only two presidents in the history of the United States have been impeached, President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and President Bill Clinton in 1998.
  • It appears that this Senator, although he talks tough, has no intention of sticking his neck out and doing anything meaningful to impact the problems we have with this administration.

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