Trey Gowdy: ‘It’s about damn time’ Congress uses power of purse to limit Obama

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Calling President Obama’s overreaching executive action on immigration “one of the largest extra-constitutional power grabs ever by a chief executive,” U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., took to the House floor on Wednesday to say “it’s about damn time” Congress uses the power of the purse to limit the president’s action.

“This is not a fight between Republicans and Democrats,” he said. “This is not even a fight over immigration reform. This is a fight over whether this branch of government will ever find the courage to stand up for itself.”

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The GOP-led House voted Wednesday to block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty in a 236-191 vote — two Democrats voted in favor of the measure. It was attached to a Homeland Security spending bill, which Obama has already said he will veto if it reaches his desk.

“The same document that this and all presidents swear to defend gives this body certain tools,” Gowdy said in his floor speech. “Tools like the power of the purse and it’s about damn time we use that tool.”

Watch his remarks here:

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