Who Has Legislative Powers?
Congress Has Legislative Powers, Period
Obama does not have legislative powers; when will Congress and the American people start understanding that. When Obama takes it upon himself to exert legislative powers he is stretching his authority and breaking the law.
Our Founding Fathers placed the authority to make new laws, legislative powers, in the hands of only one branch of government for a reason; to avoid abuse of power. They created a system of checks and balances so that one branch of government could not abuse their power. Our Founding Fathers would be sickened by the abuses that are occurring in this government of ours. When did the representatives we elect to Congress lose sight of the law that the powers of Congress are set forth by the Constitution? When did it become an acceptable practice to break the law and allow Presidents’ to make laws. A bill becomes a law only after Congress approves it, not after a president decides that it’s a law.
What Are Implied Powers?
The difference between implied powers and expressed powers is the difference between breaking the law and upholding it. Implied powers means powers that are exercised but not written in the US Constitution (which is exactly what Obama keeps doing). The expressed powers definition means powers that are in writing (in the Constitution). Article I Section 8 of the US Constitution lists 27 expressed powers of Congress. These include (for the welfare of the citizens): taxation, borrow money, pass laws, build roads and bridges, regulate commerce, declare war, support armed forces.
Article I Section 8 of the Constitution refers to the Congress, not the President. So why is Obama allowed to do whatever he pleases? Why is not being held accountable to following the law? When will Congress stop Obama? Do we have to wait for another election and vote out another Congress to get things done in Washington? It’s beginning to look that way. American voters have expressed powers too…voting.