Dec. 10, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and the freshman class of the 114th House of Representatives for establishing the Article One project as a priority to reassert Congress’ constitutional prerogatives, including the power of the purse:
“Reasserting Congress’ constitutional prerogatives including the power of the purse has been a long-held belief by Americans for Limited Government and today the Representative Ken Buck-led House Republican freshman class affirmed that principle by establishing an Article One project as a class priority.
“It is noteworthy that the newest House members have taken this step after spending their first year watching how the House of Representatives has failed to jealously guard its constitutional power of the purse against usurpation by the Senate and the Executive Branch. It is encouraging that they are taking this first step toward using their collective voices on this issue that is critical to the future of representative democracy.
“Representative Ken Buck, the freshman class president, deserves praise for his efforts to lead the freshman class in this action. Notably, Buck penned a letter earlier this week signed by about 11 of his colleagues urging the defunding of a number of President Obama’s most egregious initiatives. It is this kind of thoughtful, aggressive foresight on how Congress can rein in the President’s pen and phone that I hope will be on display through Buck’s new freshman class project.”
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