Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling releases statement on SCOTUS ruling in United States v. Texas

Jun 23, 2016
Press Release
Calls today “a great day for ‘We the People’”

WASHINGTON--Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling in United States v. Texas:

“Today is a great day for 'We the People' and a bad day for Barack Obama’s imperial presidency.  The Supreme Court’s action has made null and void President Obama’s unilateral executive order that granted amnesty to millions of people living in the U.S. illegally and ignored our nation’s immigration laws passed by Congress. The Constitution couldn’t be any clearer; Congress writes the laws, not the president. This decision affirms the Constitutional principles contained in Article I of the Constitution and vindicates House Republicans’ fight to restore the balance of power between the people’s elected representatives in Congress and the executive branch.”     

Background:  

The Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie ruling leaves in place the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling, which upheld a Federal District Judge’s order blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration from moving forward while awaiting trial on the underlying suit filed by 26 states – including Texas – against the Obama Administration. 

This is the second day in a row that Federal courts have ruled against the Obama Administration’s executive overreach.  Yesterday, a federal judge struck down an Obama Administration regulation on the use of hydraulic fracking for oil and gas on public lands.