Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Rein In Executive Overreach
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted to rein in the growing problem of executive overreach and restore a constitutional separation of powers. HR 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, better known as the REINS Act, passed the House of Representatives today.
The REINS Act would permit the House or Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failure to carry out the law. This bill requires expedited consideration of any such lawsuit by a three-judge panel at the federal district court level and provides for direct appeal to the United States Supreme Court. This expedited review is important in ensuring that any lawsuit brought against the Executive Branch is heard in a timely manner. This prevents the President from stalling and delaying the suit in courts.
Cook said, “I hear all the time from my constituents that the avalanches of federal regulations coming out of Washington are burying job creators and straining financial resources for families. Voting in favor of the REINS Act is one way to stop this abuse of power and restore the equal balance between the branches of government. This bill restores Congressional authority to prevent excessive new regulation. The people’s elected representatives in Congress, not the President, have the duty to write the laws; it’s the President’s job to carry out the laws. It’s time we dial back executive power.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.