In October of 2012, my office released a 33-page report documenting the rise of the "Imperial Presidency." The report cited over 40 separate examples of the break-down in the rule of law under the Obama Administration. As the report noted at the time, the break-down in the rule of law not only was of significant constitutional concern, but also negatively impacted economic growth and individual prosperity.
Unfortunately, since the release of that first report, the pattern of overreach by the Executive Branch has only continued. The President has even gone so far as to embrace a "pen and phone" approach to his office which suggests he need not follow the established constitutional and legal framework under which our government is supposed to operate. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the Administration decides that as a matter of policy they will not enforce the laws of our nation.
The following addendum to the original "Imperial Presidency" report details other recent pronouncements from the Administration regarding their refusal to enforce the law and in addition provides examples of where the courts have been stepping in to uphold the rule of law.
Since becoming the majority party in the House of Representatives in 2011, House Republicans have considered numerous pieces of legislation dealing with specific situations where the Administration is ignoring the law, attempting to rewrite the law, or refusing to enforce the law. In some cases the Congressional spotlight and the threat of legislative action has caused the Administration to back down. For example, the National Labor Relations Board ultimately dropped its push to tell a private company where it could locate its facilities. And just this week, as the House was prepared to vote on a bill to overturn a proposed Administration rule that would dramatically alter the way the prescription drug program under Medicare operates in a way that would hurt seniors, the Administration announced that they would no longer pursue its proposed rule.