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

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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.

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