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Checks and Balances Return: GOP Vows to Use Power of the Purse  

The Checks and Balances in the government have needed to be restored:

I have not seen the Constitutional checks and balance system operating within our government during my 30 years at the nation’s capital. But now, for the first time the American voters restored the ability to exercise this power to the U.S. Congress with its new majority.

The new Republican-led Senate plans to assert itself on foreign policy, putting pressure on President Obama in the one area where second-term presidents often enjoy considerable leeway. Although the president has the constitutional authority to execute foreign policy, the GOP Congress will seek to leverage its power where it can through legislation and the power of the purse, as well as through rhetoric.

One top Republican priority is a bill threatening Iran with new sanctions if a favorable comprehensive deal is not reached to end its nuclear program. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to allow the bill to come to a vote, and its top Republican sponsor, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Il.) is preparing to update it.

“A nuclear-armed Iran would pose the biggest long-term threat to America and allied national security, so Congress needs to immediately vote on the Menendez-Kirk legislation, a bipartisan bill to stop a nuclear Iran that already has 60 supporters in the Senate,” said Kirk, who worked on the bill with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

“We renew our call for the administration to impose the toughest possible sanctions against Russia, provide long-requested weapons to Ukraine, and bolster further NATO preparedness in Eastern Europe,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in a joint statement this week with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

There is much to be done to restore the balance of power within the three executive branches.

The Check and Balance system was created by the Founding Fathers to prevent the concentration of power in any one branch of government, to check and restrain government, and to protect the rights and liberties of citizens.

This essential framework of our American government limits dictatorial power and maintains oversight among the branches of government and the public. It helps to ensure that our government makes prudent decisions and protect our rights and the values and institutions of our nation.

Excessive secrecy in government and the abuse of power undermines the constitutionally-established system of checks and balances; which provides the transparency and accountability the system brings.

The Legislative Branch has the legal right to conduct investigations against the Executive Branch. The Constitution empowers Congress to use the “Power of the Purse” to bring Checks and Balances in restraining the Abuse of Power?

The U.S. Constitution’s system of Checks and Balances is designed to restrain any abuse of power by another branch of the Federal Government.

Why has the Legislative Branch not used the power of Checks and Balances to correct the obvious abuse of power in the IRS, NSA, the Judicial and Executive branch.

Through the Power of the Purse, Conservatives will be able to restrain bad provisions within the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. This is made possible by design and the result of the Separation of Powers.

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