The Erosion of Our Checks and Balances

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Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley
Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Erosion of Checks and Balances
Monday, January 30, 2011

One week ago today, I addressed the Senate on President Obama’s decision to bypass the Senate and the Constitution by making four “recess” appointments at a time when the President’s recess appointment power did not apply.  I explained in detail why the legal memo released by the Obama Administration attempting to justify President Obama’s actions did not hold legal water.  Last Thursday, I laid out the case that this is not an isolated incident or a technical legal squabble.  Rather, the President’s recent actions are part of a pattern of disregard for the constitutional system of checks and balances.  Today I would like to address why such criticisms are justified and why they are necessary.

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Unconstitutional Power Grabs

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Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley

Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Unconstitutional Power Grabs
Thursday, January 26, 2012

I addressed the Senate recently on President Obama’s so called “recess” appointments when the Senate was not in fact in recess.  I described at length why this is an outrageous and unconstitutional power grab.

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Is Newt Gingrich Following Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals?

Newt Gingrich, using Rules for Radicals?

Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner wrote a poorly reasoned hit piece against Newt Gingrich. Ironically, I was looking for a little anti-Gingrich material when Klein’s post irked me enough to post a rebuttal. This morning, Gingrich gets a free ride and Klein gets scrutinized.

Klein accuses Gingrich of using the tactics of Saul Alinsky. That’s an intriguing assertion, to be sure, but is it true? If it is, Klein fails to make a case for the charge.

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Grassley Questions the Constitutionality of President Obama’s “Recess” Appointments

Chuck Grassley Denies Constitutionality of Obama's Recess Appointments

Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
On The Nomination of John Gerrard and
President Obama’s Four Recent “Recess” Appointments

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mr. President,

Just over a month ago, on December 17, the Senate entered into a unanimous consent agreement to consider the nomination of John M. Gerrard, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska.

We are proceeding with this nomination, which I will support, despite the President’s actions on his so-called recess appointments.  Read the full post »