Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) claimed today on Fox News that President Obama had violated the U.S. Constitution by delaying the implementation of some parts of Obamacare.
"Because as members of Congress, we've been appalled by the president's actions," stated Rep. Bachmann. "They are clearly unconstitutional” (video below).
“And so we've looked at measures as to whether we should have a resolution on the floor, telling the President of the United States, 'You can't unilaterally make this decisions, Congress is a part of the government as well,'"claimed Rep. Bachmann. "'You’re not a king, you’re not a dictator, you can’t do whatever you want.' Our Constitution limits the president’s power, even though President Obama doesn’t act that way.”
According to RawStory.com, Rep. Bachmann said Republicans were considering a lawsuit to "enjoin or stop the President of the United States from making whatever action he wants."
Rep. Bachmann failed to mention regulatory agencies do have some powers to delay the implementation of a law.
The Washington Post reported:
In 1946, legislators passed the Administrative Procedures Act, which governs the way that regulatory agencies carry out legislation. That law both gives agencies discretion in setting up laws, but holds them accountable for carrying out Congress’s intentions.
“He has rewritten the Constitution for himself as a part of his effort to fundamentally transform the United States of America,” Rep. Bachmann falsely claimed. “But we are a constitutional republic and members like myself are going to fight to keep that, for the people, a constitutional republic.”