The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

[WATCH] Trey Gowdy: Blank right, Congress is going to use the power of the purse against Obama

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

While President Barack Obama continues to skirt the United States Constitution through his overreaching power, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) plans to use the supreme law of the land to hold Obama accountable for his actions.

Gowdy told “On the Record” guest host Judge Jeanine Pirro that while President Obama has made threats to bypass Congress in accomplishing his 2014 agenda, the legislative branch will fight back using the powers enumerated in the Constitution — namely the power of the purse.

“So what we ought to do is say, you know what, Mr. President, you want to run rough shot over the Constitution? We have the power of the purse,” Gowdy asserted Monday on Fox News. “We’re not going to fund your pet projects. We’re not going to fund your green energy initiatives. We’re not going to fund your vacations.”

The South Carolina Republican went on to note that Congress has the power to strip funding from the executive branch, as the House of Representatives has yet to vote on appropriations bills making their way to the floor. And while Gowdy conceded that forcing a government shutdown in an effort to defund Obamacare was not a strong tactic, he said using the power of the purse will allow the legislative branch to regain its system of checks and balances.

“Yes, we’re going to do it. Yes. Because my mom may be watching, you are blank right we are going to do it,” Gowdy said. “…There are a host of my colleagues that are not just going to sit around and mope and cry because this president overreaches. We’re going to respond and we are going to respond in the appropriations process.”

Since ringing in the New Year, President Obama has asserted multiple times his plans to use his pen and phone to bypass Congress, using executive actions to pass laws. But the president’s actions thus far have prompted outrage from the Right and several lawsuits pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.

Gowdy called Obama’s constant changes and delays to his signature healthcare law “an abomination,” but noted Congress’ ability to rein the president in using the power of the purse.

Watch Gowdy discuss Obama and the Constitution below.

 

Comments

Polititainment

Actor: Obama needs to 'grow some'

Actor David Boreanaz tweeted Wednesday evening that Obama needs to "grow some" and more effectively and authoritatively deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country's recent interference in Ukraine.

Gyllenhaal no longer believes in Obama
President Barack Obama has always been popular with the Hollywood crowd, but at least one of his most vocal champions and heavy donors has changed her mind about the president. Academy Award-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal told Time Magazine that she has grown disillusioned with Obama. “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he […]
Jay Carney: Obama can make friends

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney appeared on "The Late Show" Wednesday to discuss his departure from President Obama's White House.

Obama channels Chris Rock

Discussing a tax loophole that businesses exploit in order to avoid paying United States taxes, the president made a distinction between that which isn't right and that which just "ain't right."

Colbert mocks Palin for Internet channel

In an attempt to mock Sarah Palin for her recently launched Internet television channel, Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's episode of "The Colbert Report" introduced his own competing web show called "Stephen Colbert's Angry Echo Chamber."

White House

CIA: Yeah, we totally spied on the Senate, after all

An internal CIA investigation confirmed charges that the agency wrongfully hacked into a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee, it was reported Thursday.

New emails reveal Lois Lerner talked way too much smack about right wing on official phone

An email exchange between Lois Lerner and an unnamed individual made public Wednesday reveals that the former IRS official doesn't care too much for talk radio.

Fact check needed on Obama’s Kansas City speech, states with minimum wage increases didn’t see higher job growth
It’s time for a fact check on the president’s latest proclamation about the need for an increase to the minimum wage. President Barack Obama continued his tour across America Wednesday with a speech on the economy in Kansas City, Miss. and meals with more letter writers. Per usual, Obama brought up his attempts to bring […]
Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Congress

Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday. […]
Rubio and Cruz break rank on border bills
Two likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination have broke with their party on immigration issues in the last week, earning the approval of Democrats, but drawing criticism from the right. Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) irked many in the GOP when he met with House Republicans, urging them to vote against a proposed […]
Dem. Rep. forgot she cosponsored Bush impeachment
Impeachment talk has gotten some Democrats so riled up they’ve forgotten their history. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D – Texas) argued on Wednesday that Republican efforts to sue President Barack Obama were only a “veiled attempt at impeachment.” She tried to claim the moral high ground, saying that Democrats never attempted to impeach President George […]
Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.

DWS admits Obama is not doing his job
We never thought we would say this, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just said something we actually agree with. Moments before the House vote on a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Schultz appeared on MSNBC and admitted that Obama hasn’t been doing his job. “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why […]